“What if they find out I’m a fraud?”

Black and white thinking heightens Imposter Syndrome—that small voice that consistently says “You’re a fraud and one day they’ll find you out.” In other words it means that we somehow don’t have faith in our own feelings or identity.

Here are my 9 tips to tackle Imposter Syndrome:

  1. Perfectionism and unrealistic expectations feed the Imposter Syndrome. It’s best to tell myself that I can master what I do but I’m not necessarily the Master of it.
  2. Stop comparing myself with others.
  3. Tell myself I have the right to blog and help others.
  4. Keep on going, raise the bar and dig deep.
  5. I try to own and internalise success and achievement (however small they appear).
  6. Expose myself and accept vulnerability (painful I know.)
  7. Recognise that actually Imposter Syndrome exists (its power seems to diminish when you give it a name)
  8. “Fake it til you make it.”
  9. FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real. What evidence in my 57 years do I have that someone has said to me  “Aha—I’ve found you out…”

Do share your experiences and take care.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Niki says:

    Interesting, I didn’t know this was a thing. Just reading this along with the first comment is very liberating. I thought I was the only one that felt that way and thought those things. The battle in my head with myself over the years has made me feel crazy…


    1. I’m pleased you find this useful. It is liberating isn’t it–though I’m finding that it takes a lot of work to undo a life-time of wonky thinking!

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      1. Niki says:

        Oh yeah! I’ve been doing the work, but there was something about me not being the only one that confirmed somethings that have been running through my mind over the years.


  2. Yes–we have to learn to shut up that chatterbox that keeps on feeding us the negative messages we were fed when we were powerless

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  3. sasperella says:

    I have this, its horrible, i have this all the time, “it didnt happen, you know it didnt happen why are you lieing, your disgusting, hatefull, i hate you, the list goes on. But I know it did happen. its like too many voices all at once in your head. Thank you for this post Serena I never knew it had a name xx


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