The Imposter Syndrome has been mentioned by three unrelated people in the last two days. These people range from a Google Worker, a College Professor, and the CEO of a corporation here in Ireland. Two common factors between all of these people is that they are all very successful and have all experienced the Imposter Syndrome.
The Imposter Syndrome is described as a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts his or her accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud.” When constantly surrounded by so many successful people, it is easy to feel as if you do not belong or as if you are undeserving of being where you are. I have felt the Imposter Syndrome throughout my life in various situations but I did not know that it is so common for others to feel this way as well.
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome is difficult because it really is due to a lack of self-realization and under-confidence which are qualities alien for all people to understand within themselves. Yet, overcoming is possible and may be done by simply looking at what you have done to get to where you are and know that you are deserving and worthy. I can not say I have ever really succeeded in getting over the Imposter Syndrome because every day I can not believe where I am in life each and every day. I think that it is a good thing to have some type of Imposter Syndrome because that means you are working harder than you know and you will continue to work harder because you are not where you want to be; even though you are. To help a coworker get passed this Syndrome, I would encourage him/her that he/she is worthy of the positions and they would not be where he/she is undeserving and that they are not alone in feeling this way.