Why Everyone Has Imposter Syndrome All Wrong

Part III

Imposter Syndrome, as we know it, is flawed and most solutions often don’t work.

In this 5 part series, we’ll uncover the truth about imposter syndrome and show you how to harness it to fuel your personal growth and diminish its destructive affects from your life.

In the last post, who is affected by imposter syndrome and when it typically shows up. I also talked about one of the glaring things that is often overlooked. You can ->> read it here <<-.

In this post, I discuss common solutions to “overcome” it and what they are missing, as well as some overall problems with the advice given.

Let’s just get right to it.

Ways to “Overcome” Imposter Syndrome

Let’s go through some of the common solutions to “overcome” imposter syndrome.

What’s Wrong With “Overcoming” Imposter Syndrome?

When workaholism is seen as positive and gets rewarded, or it keeps you out of the firing line, then it might be hard to stop even if you’re burnt out and holding on by the thinnest hair.

I recently saw that the CEO of Wayfair wrote, “Working long hours, being responsive, blending work and life, is not anything to shy away from. There is not a lot of history of laziness being rewarded with success. Hard work is an essential ingredient in any recipe for success.” Yikes on bikes!

When you see that other black and brown people, are penalized more harshly for the same errors committed by their counterparts, then it’s very hard to say, ”just let go of perfectionism.” A company displaying this type of behavior is not only fostering perfectionism, but also enabling racial bias and discrimination.

When you notice that your friends relentlessly make fun of the smart students with good grades, you may not notice that you have been sabotaging your grades to hide how smart you are out of fear that they will start making fun of you and stopping being your friend.

When you are working at a company where you have to prove why you deserve a raise and your supervisor mentions some performative hoops that you need to jump through (overachieving), when you’re already working TWO full time jobs and only getting [UNDER]paid for one.

When, you are afraid to accept praise and recognition for your work as one of two women on your team, because you recently learned that your peers have been spreading rumors that you’re ascent is based on sexual favors and not on your intelligence and work ethic.

There is one more glaring issue that is connected with the act of change and the actions that actually result in the success of “overcoming” imposter syndrome. Here’s a hint:

Success is not what you think it is.

In this 5 part series, we’ll uncover the truth about imposter syndrome and show you how to harness it to fuel your personal growth and diminish its destructive affects from your life.

Each series can be viewed here:
Series 1: Intro to Imposter Syndrome
Series 2: The Major Issue That Starts at the Beginning (this page)
Series 3: TBD
Series 4: TBD
Series 5: TBD

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