The Negative Narrative: Imposter Syndrome

“Will I ever be good enough?” Most of us are familiar with this phrase and the experience of doubting ourselves.  However, for some, these thoughts can completely overwhelm.  In fact, 70% of us will experience Imposter Syndrome at some point in our lives.  It impacts men and women equally.

Imposter Syndrome fuels the idea that we have only achieved something as a result of luck, good timing, or having fooled others, which then triggers feelings of inadequacy, lack of competence, chronic self-doubt, and anxiety.

Often very successful and high-achieving individuals struggle with this.  Perfectionists who set very high expectations and they are not able to own or enjoy their success due to the self-perpetuating cycle of being an imposter and that inner voice telling them they are not good enough.  They often feel they don’t deserve to be in a position or to receive a promotion and that someone has made a mistake.  They believe they lack knowledge or expertise and then live in fear of being “found out”.  This constant negative narrative can be exhausting and debilitating and have a detrimental effect on physical and mental health.

Part of this can be down to nature and our individual personality traits, but there is also the view that nurture through our upbringing can contribute too.  Past experiences can make us believe that we “need to achieve” in life.

Imposter Syndrome and feelings of being a fraud are often a reaction to certain situations or circumstances.  It may occur professionally in the workplace or in our roles as parents or in relationships, causing extreme stress, anxiety, and unhappiness.

How Hypnotherapy can help imposter syndrome?

In my work, I am increasingly seeing clients who suffer from Imposter Syndrome and hypnotherapy is an effective and empowering way to alleviate the symptoms. With hypnosis it is possible to create a restorative platform and to visualise yourself the way you want to be; to recognise your accomplishments and to feel re-assured and good about yourself.  Hypnotherapy can support and help you with coping strategies, to develop resilience and step away from feeling emotionally overloaded.  You will learn to transform your thoughts into positive ones and understand that you are better than you believe you are!

 

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