Dr Natalie Flatt Ph.D

Co-Founder Connect Psych Services

“I’m not good enough for this role”, “Why would people pay for my advice?”, “Luck was on my side with that presentation/project today”, “They are going to figure out I don’t know enough” …


Does this sound familiar? Most of us have experienced feelings of doubt and unworthiness at some point in our lives. But when your accomplishments are a result of your own knowledge, hard work, and preparation and you still feel inadequate … you’re probably suffering from impostor syndrome.



What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome can be defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. You feel as though at any moment you are going to be called out as a ‘fake’ – like you don’t belong where you are, and you find it difficult to accept and be worthy of your well-deserved accomplishments and in turn, may not expand on advancing your skills and experience in fear of failure. You might feel relief or even distress in place of happiness and pride. You look for validation in authority figures—such as a boss or family member—and give them the power to dictate whether you are successful or not.

And you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 70% of individuals will experience at least one episode of imposter syndrome during their lifetime and it may manifest in differing identities –


How can imposter syndrome be addressed and overcome?

To get past impostor syndrome, you need to start asking yourself some hard questions. They might include things such as the following:

As core beliefs are strongly held, rigid and often inflexible, we can tend to focus on information that supports the belief and ignore evidence that contradicts it. Addressing uncomfortable feelings and emotions can be highly confronting. To assist you in this process of self-identity, try:

While for some individuals, imposter syndrome can fuel feelings of motivation to achieve, this usually comes at a cost in the form of constant anxiety. Integrating strategies above to minimise its impact, the anxiety and self-doubt that comes with imposter syndrome can be minimised to allow you to reach your full potential; both personally and professionally.


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