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woman-man-hand-on-shouldersThere is a good chance you have never heard the term “imposter syndrome” before. You have, however, heard of the word “imposter.” People who struggle with imposter syndrome believe that they are undeserving of their achievements and the high esteem in which they are, in fact, generally held because of those achievements. Those with this syndrome feel as if they are not as competent or intelligent as others might think they are and that soon others will discover it.

Overcoming Feeling Like an Imposter

We have all experienced times where we feel as if we are an imposter–that we appear better, more intelligent, or more skilled than we are. For most people, these thoughts are temporary and can be worked through. For others, these thoughts can be consuming. They can stifle potential growth with fear.

Understanding underlying emotions can a good place to start to understand better the thoughts that accompany imposter syndrome. Where do the feelings of inadequacy stem from? When we analyze our past for clues to our current mental health, it can help us to better understand how to work through our thoughts and emotions. Two people could both suffer from imposter syndrome but need different treatment methods based on different backgrounds and histories.

Who To Turn To

Having a strong support circle is very important while working through mental health struggles in general. Isolation can enhance our challenges, making the symptoms worse. If you are struggling with imposter syndrome, it is important to talk with someone about what you are experiencing and feeling. For some, this person may be a friend or family member; for others, it may be a mental health professional. This person can help to put your concerns into context, recalibrate your perspective, and offer love and support.

Those struggling with imposter syndrome believe they are undeserving of their achievements–that they are not as intelligent, skilled, or capable as others believe them to be. Everyone has moments of doubt throughout life. When these doubts become consuming and begin to stifle growth, we may consider these doubts as to an issue that needs to be addressed. Overcoming imposter syndrome may look different for everyone. Some may need to analyze underlying conditions, while others may need to strengthen self-esteem and build a strong support circle. Here at The Guest House, we understand that it can be difficult to analyze and change our thought process. We are ready to help you. Call us today to learn more about treatment options at (855) 483-7800.