Article: Why Does Everyone Suddenly Seem to Have Imposter Syndrome?

Article: Why Does Everyone Suddenly Seem to Have Imposter Syndrome?

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Ooooh, here's a good one from i-D. In this article, author Erica Euse writes that Imposter Syndrome is "...an internalised dialogue that makes people feel like they aren't good enough and it is actually extremely common. It is estimated that 70 percent of people will experience it in their lifetime."

She also shares a theory that Imposter Syndrome occurs when you feel out of place in a situation or amongst a group of people, and stresses that this phenomenon is not a failing that we should feel we have to overcome. I think this is really important to remember when we're struggling with Imposter Syndrome, because beating yourself up about feeling it is only going to make it worse. 

It's also interesting to read Erica's thoughts on how Imposter Syndrome affects women as opposed to men, and why.

“The problem with impostor syndrome is that it is often presented as some internal failing that people have to own up to and fix. There are self-help books like Beating the Impostor Syndrome that offer tips to “overcome” these feelings. But new situations and environments are bound to bring some anxiety and discomfort, it doesn’t mean you are plagued by impostor syndrome. In fact, using this term so quickly can discount the underlying issues that cause those feelings.

In many cases, these impostor feelings are actually a result of environmental factors. If you aren’t surrounded by people that look like you or there are perceived stereotypes about your race, age, or gender, you are bound to feel like you don’t belong.”
— Erica Euse

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