I know I am not alone!
That odd irrational - but powerful - feeling of self-doubt that has you thinking things like:
I have got so much better at managing this irrational form of inner-critic by spotting and pressing pause before allowing the feelings to take control! I now give myself a talking to and a reality check!
I deliver talks and workshops to companies, at events, schools and universities - because one of the best ways of dealing with this is to open up the conversation and realise it is a human condition.
It is a feeling - a bit like Alice in Wonderland felt when she went down that rabbit hole - not quite right!
The feeling results in behaviours which result in feelings which result in behaviours - yes - the Impostor Syndrome Cycle. Break it by doing some feelings forensics.
Knowledge leads to self-awareness - the first step in stopping the cycle before it stops you.
Impostor syndrome (original research by Clance & Imes - 1970s - when it was called Impostor phenomenon) is an irrational and pervasive feeling of self-doubt. A sense that you are getting away with it - because really you are a fraud and you will be found out soon! Putting success down to luck rather than your skills. Comparing yourself to others and having a sense that everyone else has got it together - and they will realise that you haven't.... etc etc....
It is a joy sapping feeling and can lead to burn out and missed opportunities - so it needs sorting. First step - awareness.