Impostor Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome: Understanding and Changing Your Focus

Imposter syndrome, that nagging feeling of being a fraud despite your accomplishments, can be a persistent and debilitating experience. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) offers a framework to understand and address this issue by examining the thoughts, behaviours, and, importantly, the focus of attention that maintain these feelings of inadequacy. Identifying the Maintaining Factors CBT helps […]

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The Perfectionism Trap: How It Fuels Your Imposter Feelings

The Perfectionism Trap: How It Fuels Your Imposter Feelings Do you ever find yourself setting impossibly high standards for yourself? Do you struggle to celebrate successes, instead focusing on the tiniest flaws in your work? If a nagging voice inside keeps telling you that you’re not good enough, no matter what you achieve, you may

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The Benefits of Externalizing and Personifying your Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is a deeply rooted form of anxiety, where the sufferer persistently believes they are inadequate and that their achievements are undeserved. This sense of being a fraud can lead to overwhelming fear of being exposed, resulting in behaviours that can be harmful to success and well-being. Learning to step back from these feelings

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The Shrinking Room: Understanding Impostor Syndrome Through ACT

The Shrinking Room: Understanding Impostor Syndrome Through ACT Imagine the room you’re currently in represents your world. At first, it feels spacious, full of possibility. But then, impostor syndrome rears its head. Doubts creep in like unwelcome furniture crowding the room: The filing cabinet: “I’m not qualified; they’ll realize I’m a fraud.” The desk: “My

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Facing Impostor Syndrome using ACT

Facing Impostor Syndrome with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)   Impostor syndrome is like that nagging voice inside your head telling you you’re a fraud, that you don’t deserve your achievements, and that you’ll be exposed at any moment. It’s a surprisingly common experience, especially among successful individuals. Therapy approaches often focus on challenging these

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