A psychological phenomenon in which a person cannot internalize their accomplishments, with a belief that one is undeserving of their achievements and the high-esteem in which they are held.

Types of imposter syndrome can include:

  • Natural genius
  • Perfectionist
  • Soloist
  • Superhero
  • Expert

Triggers - The Causes

  • Socially underrepresented identities
  • Performance pressure at work
  • Feeling helpless at home, school, work or in relationships
  • Personality traits

Symptoms - What it looks like

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Low self confidence
  • Shame
  • Depression
  • Feeling as if you’re a fraud
  • Difficulty internalizing success
  • Fear of being discovered

Treatment - The way to healing

  • Support from a mental health professional - using CBT or DBT
  • Self-reflection
  • Reframing thoughts
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