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How do I know if I am Experiencing Imposter Syndrome?

Do you think don’t deserve or didn’t earn the good things in your life? Do you find yourself convinced that you have deceived those around you and they are going to find out? Do you feel like a fraud or cheat for no real reason? You might be experiencing the common but challenging condition that is Imposter Syndrome.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome is characterised by someone feeling as though their successes and accomplishments aren’t truly their own. Although it isn’t a diagnosable mental health condition, it is often connected to issues such as anxiety and depression.

How do I know if I am Experiencing Imposter Syndrome?

Although Imposter Syndrome presents slightly differently in every individual, there are some key traits that can help you identify whether it affects you.

  1. Fear of New Experiences– because you’re so worried about your performance and ability, you are often unwilling to try new things unless you’re sure you’ll be able to do them well.
  2. Being a Perfectionist – you may be someone who won’t settle for anything less than the best in your own work, even if that comes at the expense of other tasks.
  3. Overburdening Yourself – are you the person who is always first to pick up any extra work around the office even know you know you already have too much to do at home? Fear of disappointing others can be a symptom of Imposter Syndrome.
  4. Self-Criticism – do you find yourself always making excuses for your successes and downplaying your accomplishments? You might find it hard to give yourself any credit for what you’ve achieved.
  5. Unable to Accept Praise – you may be someone who always has a deflection handy for any compliment that comes your way, whether it be on your outfit, work or talents.

How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome with Life Resolutions

Imposter Syndrome can be incredibly challenging to deal with, but there are things that can help. Part of overcoming Imposter Syndrome is changing your thought patterns, and this can be hard to do alone. We recommend you contact a mental health professional who will be able to guide you through this process.

The Life Resolutions Clinic

The Life Resolutions team are knowledgeable mental health professionals that are ready to help you overcome your self-doubts.

Due to the stage four restrictions in Melbourne, our Life Resolutions clinics are offering both Telehealthsessions and traditional face-to-face sessions, depending on your preference. A telehealth session allows you to access high-quality mental health support from the comfort of your own home.

Seek advice from Mary Magalotti and Jodie Brenton Life Resolutions Today

If you’d like to learn more about Life Resolutions,please speak to our principal psychologist, Mary Magalotti or our CEO and founder, Jodie Brenton, by contacting us here. You can also head to the Life Resolutions website to read more aboutthe journey of Jodie Brentonand Mary Magalotti.

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