Do You Feel Like a Fraud?

Feel | Fraud | 20th February 2022 | Virtual Wire



Do you feel worthless even after achieving a lot? Or think that you aren’t as competent and intelligent enough as others might think and consequently end up feeling like a fraud, who hasn’t done anything worth remembering in life?

Well, I’m sure we all must have encountered this emotion at any point in life or maybe experienced it now! Well, if these questions sound slightly frightening then let me cool down the things. This whole concept is referred to popularly as Imposter Syndrome. And don’t worry mate, it's not any kind of mental illness whatsoever, but remember it may trigger depression, anxiety in a person at a point in time.



According to a research report by Psychology Today, around 25 to 30 per cent of high achievers may suffer from imposter syndrome. And around 70 per cent of adults may experience impostorism at least once in their lifetime. Most of the people who experience this phenomenon fail to acknowledge their accomplishments as well as efforts. And they give all the credits to sheer luck, timing even if they achieve what they truly desire. The two most prominent reasons for this syndrome are perfectionism and neuroticism. Neuroticism means going through a mood of sadness, guilt and depression on a regular basis. Let’s understand these terms with the help of the concept of the competitive environment.

Competitive environments contribute a lot in developing imposter syndrome amongst youngsters, working professionals, athletes etc. Take an example of a school where a child X, who always comes 1st in academics, but stood 2nd or 3rd once and gets frustrated, angry even after coming 1st for all those times. Many of the parents also impose illogical standards on their children which have a bad impact on children. In the above example, perfectionism is what drove X towards the syndrome. And if even afterwards, X achieves the 1st position again, there are heavy chances that he/she would behave like a neurotic and think it was luck or/and timing that contributed to this event as the earlier impact of getting 2nd or 3rd position is still stuck in his/her heart.


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Overcoming the imposter syndrome requires a change in the mindset about one’s abilities and capabilities. People have to focus on regularly keeping a check on the efforts they are putting in the task they do and also on their achievements side by side. Everyone can achieve anything from my viewpoint. If you’re looking to lose weight, then just start working out from today and believe me when you show up every day, seeing no change but still going on as you know you can achieve it someday, You are already an achiever! Similar to perfectionists, people with impostorism often put a lot of pressure on themselves to complete every task flawlessly; they fear that any mistake will reveal to others that they aren’t good or smart enough for the job. This cycle is hard to behave but one needs to acknowledge that no one is perfect and mistakes are made by everyone.

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