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Do you suffer from workplace 'Imposter syndrome'?

Imposter syndrome is essentially the feeling that regardless of how successful you are, or how much you deserve to be in your current position, you simply don’t feel like you belong. Many individuals that suffer from imposter syndrome say that the feel like they’re fooling everyone and that they spend the majority of their time worrying that they’ll be ‘found out’. 

“People with imposter syndrome have a sense of inadequacy, dismiss their achievements and are very critical of themselves,” Dr. Pei-Han Cheng, a Psychologist at the Centre for Counselling and Consultation at St. John’s University in New York City, told Monster.

“Most of the time, they don’t have an accurate understanding of how competent they actually are because their mind is clouded by this belief that they are a fraud,” he added.

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Comments (2)

  • Sir
    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 1:46pm BST
    From my experience, more employees should suffer from this than actually do.
  • Lorraine
    Thu, 25 Jul 2019 9:07am BST
    As a long term sufferer of depression, anxiety and stress, everyday is a challenge and you really need a good support system in place to enable you to reach your potential, if you do not have that then you set yourself to fail.
    I feel very lonely at a times and have low mood, I have to fight my demons everyday.
    As a top performer previously in the company coming back after a bout of absence, I struggled to reach out for support and it has taken me some time to get even half what I use to achieve.
    Because I have worked quite a number of years, the company expected me to pick up where I had left off, not realising I was broken and still picking up the pieces.
    It is very hard to ask for help, when very few people understand!
    It is a hard disability to pick up on and it is hard for some people to understand.:(
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