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Impostor Syndrome

Today’s post is on Impostor Syndrome. Eminent Psychiatrist, Dr. Devendra Save, tells us more about the ailment and how to address the same.

Impostor Syndrome

Dr. Save explains, “Impostor Syndrome is a psychological pattern, in which an individual doubts their skills, talents or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a failure. An estimated 70% of people experience these imposter feelings at some point in their lives, according to a review article published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science. Impostor syndrome simply put is the idea that you’ve only succeeded due to luck, and not because of your talent or skills. It affects all kinds of people from all parts of life. One of the first steps to overcoming impostor feelings is to acknowledge the thoughts and put them in perspective. Simply observing that thought as opposed to engaging with it can be helpful. There are five other ways to address it!

Addressing Impostor Syndrome

  1. Know the signs.
  2. Separate feelings from facts.
  3. Accentuate the positive.
  4. Develop a healthy response to failure and mistakes.
  5. Reach out to a mental health professional.

About Gayatri T Rao

A double post-graduate (MSc. - Botany and MA - English Literature) Gayatri T Rao is a Senior Multimedia Journalist with vast experience in writing on varied topics.

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