Imposter Syndrome is an experience where you doubt your ability, expertise, existence, and, finally, your success. It’s not like a person is born with imposter syndrome. Obviously, there are some common situations that can trigger imposter syndrome.
Coming to a new place, like a new job or new college, means a new environment and new people that can trigger the feeling of self-doubt. Like one can think he is not capable enough to be here or his co-workers are to prodigy to compete with. When someone gets a new job, it means they deserve it because they tried so hard. Instead of celebrating success, people experiencing imposter syndrome doubt their ability.
A family background where failure is an unaccepted issue & only success is valued. Kids from these types of families always pressurize themselves to succeed at any cost. That leads to imposter syndrome. Because whenever they make a slight mistake, they curse themselves, thinking they’re incapable, ashamed & their family will not support them.
Too much competition in the family, academy or workplace can also trigger imposter syndrome. To compete with other family members or coworkers, some people set extremely challenging goals. When they fail to accomplish that, they feel very low, thinking they have no ability to be here. In this situation, they are always afraid of getting caught as a fraud. They grieve anyone at any time will point them out as a fraud in a group of some experts & insult them for their failure.
Being failed to assay your own expertise & skills is a common case where imposter syndrome can take place. When a person doesn’t know about which thing or sector he is an expert in, he contributes his knowledge and strength in the wrong way, which sometimes gives him nothing but failure. After being defeated several times, he accepts himself as worthless & stops trying. He curses himself for being incapable & fraud, saying “you can only act, you can show no action.”
People who lack confidence are very prone to having this syndrome. Those who believe in luck more than their work, experience imposter syndrome regularly. No matter how hard they work or how hard they try, denying their knowledge, ability, and expertise, they give their success credit to their luck. As they believe they can not do anything without their fortune, they think they’re less skilled than others. It creates self doubt among them & finally leads to imposter syndrome.
Written by: Tanzila Tisha