Impostor syndrome is not about deceiving others in the traditional sense. It is a psychological phenomenon characterized by persistent feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, and a fear of being exposed as fraud, despite evidence of competence and accomplishments.
People experiencing impostor syndrome believe they are not as competent or deserving of their success as others perceive them to be. It can manifest in various ways, such as discounting one's achievements, attributing success to external factors, comparing oneself unfavorably to others, and setting excessively high standards.
Impostor syndrome can affect people from all walks of life, regardless of their competence or accomplishments. While impostor syndrome can drive some individuals to work diligently to prove their worth, it's important to note that it is not a healthy or beneficial mindset. It can lead to chronic stress, burnout, low morale, and low self-esteem.
Overcoming impostor syndrome involves acknowledging one's accomplishments, challenging negative self-perceptions, and developing a more compassionate view of one's abilities.