IMPOSTOR SYNDROME

in StemSocial6 months ago (edited)

I was making a video with my mother some weeks ago when we visited the zoo and she while talking referred me by my title and was singing my praise. One would have expected that having spent a number of years in school with so much hardwork and excellent results I'll drink in all of the praise. No. I interjected her and ended the recording. Not once has this happened.

I wouldn't call it humility because it wasn't.
I also feel a kind of way when people sing praises of my own family.

I haven't been able to explain it till a senior colleague of mine talked about how a firm who was hosting him to a program listed out his achievements and showed him to review, and he, not feeling worthy of it, erased them. They gave him a feedback saying, "you achieved all of this, you should be proud of it, it wasn't mere luck". While he explained this, someone replied him that what he just experienced is called IMPOSTOR SYNDROME.
I quickly went to look it up and discovered I might have been hit by it too.


WHAT IS IMPOSTOR SYNDROME?

According to Wikipedia definition, "Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) 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 'fraud'".

People experiencing this phenomenon do not believe they are deserving of their accomplishments despite have concrete evidences of their hardwork and efforts.

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Psychologists Suzanna Imes and Pauline Rose Clance first described the term in the 1970. Then, it was originally conceived to apply mostly to high-achieving women. However, recently, it has been recognized as more widely experienced as noted in current searches.

It has been estimated that nearly 70% of individuals will experience signs and symptoms of impostor phenomenon at least once in their lifetime. If you check well, you might have been in these shoes sometime.

SYMPTOMS OF IMPOSTOR SYNDROME

There are a couple of traits which describe this disorder and they include;

  • Vehemently condemning or belittling one self
  • Self Doubt
  • Watering down one's achievements
  • Setting unrealistic goals and crashing down mentally when not met.
  • Attributing one's success to external factors, failing to acknowledge it to efforts.
  • Overachieving or the thought to be doing so.

Clance explained in her 1985 that impostor phenomenon can be distinguished by the following six dimensions:

  • The impostor cycle
  • The need to be special or the best
  • Characteristics of superman/superwoman
  • Fear of failure
  • Denial of ability and discounting praise
  • Feeling fear and guilt about success
    As sourced here.

For an individual to be considered to have experienced impostorism, at least two of these listed should be present. And the degree of each of the dimensions may vary.

EPIDEMIOLOGY

Clance in her study found Impostor syndrome to be more prevalent in women. However, according to a review article published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science, it is found to be equally distributed and in at least 70% of the population.

ANY CAUSE?

There has been links with Impostor syndrome and some factors in some studies, such as family expectations, race, self esteem, excessive self monitoring, perfectionism, depression,anxiety and many more.

The feeling of high expectations from people can push them into over examining of self with emphasis on self worth and this can lead into feelings of fraud when achievements are made.
You'd think one naturally ought to be proud and boast in such things.
Is this a mental disorder? Categorically, no. But symptoms have shown to be related to depression, generalised anxiety and low self confidence.

HOW CAN IMPOSTOR SYNDROME BE RID OFF?

One may ask, who am I to be deserving of all these accolades?
The actual question should be, who are you not to be deserving of the accolades you've worked hard for?

Taking away self doubt, before embarking on any project eliminates the feeling of being an impostor to your own achievements.

Seek help from family and friends and from therapists, a group psychotherapy has proven to improve the condition.

Lastly, always speak positive words to yourself. Shut out that feeling that you deserve less than what you've got. Speak into your spirit and your soul and with time your life begin to align with your proclamations.

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You are not a fraud. You are not a lesser being. Your skin color doesn't determine if you'd be great or not, so when you eventually are, don't let it make you feel non deserving.
You are human, not some sort of super power and humans are prone to make mistakes, it doesn't make one an absolute failure.
Reassure yourself or loved ones who may be experiencing this. YOU DESERVE ALL THE ACCOLADES!

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Yeah, I can relate to this syndrome because at one point in my life I felt really below standard and I had no idea it had a general name, I was, however, able to overcome this by learning to believe more in myself. I however noticed that my kid brother had the same issue I am currently working with him to help him get over it, it is a gradual process but we are getting better. I hope you are getting better now though?

Oh dear.. glad you're better and helping your brother get better.

Ever since I discovered it, and noted it was a problem, I began to reassure myself. I deserve to be accorded my accolades and I'll take them😊

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Excelente post 🙌✨

Thank you @llorcablog 🤗
Sorry, I'm just seeing this comment now.

Just reading about impostor syndrome for the first time. Good effort.

On a side note, Wikipedia is never a reference when it comes to science. Someone wrote the articles on Wiki, perhaps a little dig will reveal the real reference.

Also, you copy some words verbatim. When you do that, it is imperative that the quote function is used and the source linked appropriately. This is the barest minimum as far as stemsocial community is concerned.

Oh okay.. there are however lots of references within Wiki and my knowledge was got from Wiki. Should I have picked references cited other than where I got my information from? Wouldn't that be wrong?

It's discouraging because even if I break all the walls and put time into making science posts, it gets little or no attention or reward. No support or whatsoever.

But it's fine, this year is about learning and improving for me. I hope I get to successfully make a post that will comply with all the rules.

And the quotes, noted. I shouldn't make that mistake again.

Thank you.

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Thank you!
I will re-install the app and do that tomorrow.

Cool, in the meantime, you can still work on the post and effect the necessary corrections @gentleshaid has pointed out for it to be eligible for support from the community.

Okay, I will.
Thank you.

I've effected the necessary corrections. Thank you.

Hi @cyprianj I've been unable to download the discord app because of storage space and have been finding it difficult to log in using my browser.
Can I please chat you up on telegram? If yes, can you direct me to your page?
Thank you.

Same username here...

I already checked with that and I saw a lot of contacts, didn't know which you are.

Any pointer?

I've effected the corrections you stated. Does it pass the barest minimum, yet? @gentleshaid

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