Facing Down Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome is the sneaking suspicion that you might be “a fraud.”

Nagging doubts about your work, your value, your expertise all undermine a sense of worthiness to enjoy success and recognition.
As I’m sure you know, writers are far from immune! Here are some insights and tools to address this malady.

From Psychology Today

People who struggle with imposter syndrome believe that they are undeserving of their achievements and the high esteem in which they are, in fact, generally held. They feel that they aren’t as competent or intelligent as others might think—and that soon enough, people will discover the truth about them. Those with imposter syndrome are often well accomplished; they may hold high office or have numerous academic degrees.
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Five Different Types of Impostor Syndrome (and Five Ways to Battle Each One)

Imposter Syndrome Expert Valerie Young’s insight and advice as explained on The Muse.

From Mary Morrissey

Imposter syndrome is a pattern of thinking that’s dominated by feelings of self-doubt, low self-confidence, anxiety, negative self-talk and other destructive emotions that can stand in the way of your success.
The good news is, there are ways you can re-pattern your thoughts, nurture your self-esteem and build the confidence you need to believe in yourself and reach any goal or dream you have in life.
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From Now Write! Screenwriting contributor, Valerie Alexander

In this excerpt from the “Women Entrepreneurs” panel at Digital Hollywood, Valerie talks about the perceptions women have of our own success and failure, and why we might think we’re worse than we are, by virtue of the fact that we are working outside our own natural instincts.  (Also see Valerie’s Guest Post: Writer Happiness.)

Featured Photo Credit:

“SFPD Unmasks Another Captain America Imposter” by Nick.Fisher is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

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