135 Impostor Syndrome: Getting Real about Feeling Fake

Today we’re being super vulnerable and talking about, gulp…Impostor Syndrome! Something we both suffer from, which means we feel really weird talking about it! So, buckle up and get ready to hear us get real real about feeling like frauds!

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Impostor Syndrome (actually known as Imposter Phenomenon in the industry – see, we’re already fucking up!) was first described by psychologists Suzanne Imes, Ph.D., and Pauline Rose Clance, Ph.D., in the 1970s. It is not an actual diagnosis in the DSM but is recognized by psychologists as a legitimate form of self-doubt that impacts many, many people, marginalized folks especially. Today, we talk about:

  • What is it, what are the signs/symptoms?
  • Why are we talking about it?
  • Who does it impact?
  • Tips to overcome it
  • How we see it tie into veganism, policing, perfection and consumption

Definition (from Wikipedia)

Impostor syndrome is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.

Tips for Overcoming Imposter Feelings

  1. Decentralize Yourself
  2. Focus on providing value
  3. Accept that you have had some role in your successes
  4. Keep a file of people saying nice things about you
  5. Stop comparing yourself to that person
  6. Remember: being wrong doesn’t make you a fake
  7. Nobody belongs here more than you
  8. Realize that when you hold back you’re robbing the world
  9. You’re going to die
  10. Stream-of-conscious writing
  11. Be honest about what you do and don’t know
  12. Realize that nobody knows what they’re doing
  13. Take action
  14. Realize that you are never you
  15. Authenticity is a hoax
  16. Realize that this problem is only getting worse as more of us rely on our online presences
  17. See credentials for what they are
  18. Find one person you can say, “I feel like a fraud” to
  19. Faking things actually does work
  20. Talk to your mentors
  21. Recognize your expertise
  22. Remember what you do well, see where you could improve, in an honest way
  23. Develop and implement rewards for success
  24. Chip away at supersticious thinking
  25. Talk to a professional

Joke in the Middle
What do you call a fake noodle?

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