Psychologist Reveals Little Known ‘Syndrome’ Thousands of Workers Suffer at Work – And How To Beat It Before It Ruined Your Career
- Psychologist Sabina Read said many are affected by imposter syndrome
- This is known as the inability to believe in your own success, capabilities or worth
- While imposter syndrome is not a clinical diagnosis, it is a ‘largely universal fear’
- But Sabina said the condition can be overcome by following four simple steps
An Australian psychologist has revealed the little-known ‘syndrome’ that keeps people from recognizing their skills and succeeding in their careers.
Sabina Read told recruiting firm Seek that many people suffer from ‘impostor syndrome’, the inability to believe in your own success, abilities and self-worth.
While imposter syndrome is not a clinical diagnosis, it is known to be a ‘largely universal fear’ that many experience at work.
Sabina said impostor syndrome is largely problematic because it negatively interferes with self-development by deterring people from applying for a job, seeking promotion, and can lead to becoming a workaholic in an effort to avoid failure.
But this syndrome and the inner critic can be overcome by following a simple four-step process.
Sabina Read (left) told recruitment agency Seek that many people suffer from impostor syndrome, known as an inability to believe in your own success, capabilities and self-esteem
1. Recognize it
Sabina said the first step to overcoming imposter syndrome is to recognize when it is occurring and stop it.
“It’s important to name it so we can tame it!” she said, otherwise the negative thoughts will keep coming up.
Award-winning leadership strategist and career coach Shadé Zahrai previously told FEMAIL that this ‘pattern of destructive thinking’ is known as your ‘inner critic’.
Many women, in particular, experience an inner critic that holds them back and can often sabotage their progress – it’s the voice in their heads that tells them they are ‘not good enough’, ‘not experienced enough’ or ‘not ready’ to continue. go, ”Shadé said.
Sabina said imposter syndrome is largely problematic because it often interferes with self-development in a negative way, but it can be overcome by following a simple four-step process.
2. Focus on the positive
The second step is to stop doubting yourself and focus on your abilities, strengths, and positive aspects of yourself, and ultimately change the way you think.
“Look at the correlation between actual positive behavior and positive outcomes, rather than looking for self-doubt or where there might be gaps,” Sabina said.
This will help overcome thoughts of self-destruction and performance anxiety at work.
HOW CAN YOU STOP YOUR ‘INNER CRITICS’
1. Be aware of your negative thoughts – notice when they come up and what you say to yourself
2. Ask yourself whether these thoughts are true or not, and whether they can be changed
3. Turn it off completely
4. Replace these thoughts with realistic expressions such as “I can” or “I will”
WHAT IS IMPOSTER SYNDROME?
Imposter syndrome is known as the persistent inability to believe that your success is deserved or achieved as a result of your own efforts or skills
This state is associated with feelings of self-doubt and a lack of confidence
“Remind yourself of your worth, your strengths, and what you are good at, instead of focusing on your weaknesses,” said career coach Shadé Zahrai.
Career coach Shadé Zahrai (pictured) previously told FEMAIL that it is essential to ‘remind yourself of your worth, your strengths and what you are good at, rather than focusing on your weaknesses or what you might be missing’
3. Don’t undermine your success
Those who suffer from impostor syndrome often consider their success and achievements to be the result of pure luck as well, but Sabina said it’s important to avoid being seen as truthful.
‘I’m always quick to interrupt someone when they attribute pure luck to their success. Even those on a healthy dose of luck usually have a lot of real skills for creating positive outcomes, ‘she said.
Shadé agreed, saying that it is essential to ‘remind yourself of your worth, your strengths and what you are good at, rather than focusing on your weaknesses or what you might be missing’.
Once this inner critic has been silenced or under control, the individual can work towards achieving their career goals.
Once this inner critic has been silenced or under control, the individual can work towards achieving their career goals
4. Recognize your achievements
The final step in the process is to recognize and acknowledge what you have achieved.
Sabina said that shedding light on these positive aspects will lessen any negative drawbacks or connotations about yourself.
If all the steps are followed repeatedly each time the ‘inner critic’ speaks, it can lead to controlling the imposter syndrome and prevent undermining yourself, your abilities and potential.
THE BIGGEST MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE THAT HAZARD THEIR SUCCESS
Don’t speak up and give your opinion in meetings or at work
Don’t ask for what you want and avoid asking for a promotion
Focus on what your weaknesses are rather than strengths and skills
Say to yourself ‘I can’t’, ‘I won’t’ or ‘maybe some other time’ instead of ‘I will’
Lack of confidence and clarity about what you want to achieve
Not controlling anxious feelings
Do not seek help from others
Never take action and step out of your comfort zone
For fear of failure