It is not a disease, but rather a pattern of thinking, which makes us think that others will discover that we are a fraud at any moment. They consecutively underestimate all actions, attributing constant “certificates of incompetence” to themselves and, if something goes well, it will have been due to luck and never due to merit.

Impostor syndrome can manifest itself in professional, personal life, at school or in relationships. It may even show its first signs in childhood.

Ultimately, it can be absolutely paralyzing and seriously harm the individual’s development and growth.

However, there are some strategies to overcome this pattern of thinking, such as:

  • Celebrate and internalize your successes;
  • Record your achievements;
  • Accept that perfection does not exist;
  • Stop comparing yourself to others;
  • Seek professional advice in case you need help to deal with your thoughts.

It is worth mentioning that only a qualified professional can diagnose a problem of this nature. If you are experiencing a situation similar to the one mentioned in this text, seek help from a psychologist and receive appropriate support for your condition.

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