Imposter syndrome: the scourge of the 21st century (or just part of the human condition?)
Whenever I hear the phrase Imposter Syndrome, it makes me shudder as it sounds like some hideous, incurable medical condition which will eventually swallow you up.
The word “imposter” alone sounds rather sinister and when you add in “syndrome” which is defined “as a combination of medical problems that shows the existence of a particular disease or mental condition”, it does sound extremely grave.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve heard the phrase Imposter Syndrome more times than I care to mention and hardly a week goes by without someone posting about it on LinkedIn.
In fact, on the very day I wrote this article, a delegate in a workshop I was delivering for a law firm mentioned that he has Imposter Syndrome. And just a couple of weeks prior to that, I received the following message:
“I run a law firm notwithstanding real confidence issues. I have a daily battle with imposter syndrome!”
My aim in this short article is to share some simple techniques and practices to enable sufferers to claim back their power. To achieve this, let’s look at:
- What it is
- Who suffers from it and
- How to immobilise it