Identifying and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Anxiety Coach and Imposter Syndrome Educator
High achievers are prone to experiencing Imposter Syndrome. Those with Imposter Syndrome feel like they’re “faking it” or are a “fraud,” waiting to be found out.
There are key reasons people experience Imposter Syndrome, and there are actionable tips they can take to tackle it.
By the end of this session, you’ll understand the role perfectionism plays in Imposter Syndrome and your Imposter Syndrome “type.” You’ll recognize when the Inner Critic is talking, how to get it to be quiet, and how to validate your successes and achievements, no matter how “small.”
Shift that Inner Critic dialogue into something positive.
When the Imposter Syndrome is bringing in all sorts of intrusive dialogue and thoughts, your first step is to notice them.
Then, once you notice them, you need to “reframe” the thoughts into something more positive. Heather calls that “reframing” the #1 Fan.
Here’s an example:
The Imposter says “You don’t know what you’re doing. You’re going to fail.”
The #1 Fan says “Maybe this is the first time you’ve done this. That’s ok. You’re going to learn as you go.”
She has a really handy-dandy worksheet to help you with this process!
Heather Rider is an anxiety coach and Imposter Syndrome educator who personally overcame high-functioning anxiety and Imposter Syndrome while working in a demanding tech job. She works with clients from all over the world who want to take a nontraditional, holistic approach to healing anxiety.
She regularly writes and presents on the issues of perfectionism, Imposter Syndrome, high-functioning anxiety, and other anxiety-related topics.