Imposter Syndrome- A growing struggle about individuality
Adesh Chaurasia- Imposter Syndrome
This term, as observed by me for quite some time now, has flooded the internet by being used in articles, posts, videos, etc, and also by being mentioned in many discussions and conversations commonly nowadays. However, it’s still not known rightly by people. Its meaning, causes, implications, and impacts are still not in the common knowledge of people.
So here is all that one needs to know about imposter syndrome-:
What is meant by imposter syndrome?
Imposter syndrome is a psychological condition that is turning out to be common amongst people nowadays. It deals with an individual being under-confident in one’s own abilities, talents, and ideas. Not fully believing and trusting one’s personality, intelligence and emotions also come under this particular condition. A person who is overconfident is absolutely opposite to a person suffering from imposter syndrome.
Symptoms, signs, and identifications
An individual is known to suffer from such a condition when he acts shy, composed, quiet, and less active in social settings. This happens because the individual is not confident enough to hold conversations and present himself/herself in front of other people, thus, avoiding social interactions and meetings.
Individuals who tend to have no personal opinions about a specific topic or remain confused or suffer from a dilemma in making even simple choices are expected to be put into the category of people having imposter syndrome. Being depressed, anxious, and fearful of almost anything and everything even in daily life is also one of the major signs of having imposter syndrome.
People of any age can suffer from this syndrome, however, it’s commonly observed from the survey reports and official findings that individuals belonging to the age group of 15-25 are prone to suffer from this specific psychological condition. This happens majorly because people at this age are open to a vast number of opinions and ideologies which might confuse them to build their own firm personality and mindset. This makes them vulnerable to an extent.
Some causes of an individual suffering from imposter syndrome are given below-:
Poor mindset formation during childhood
It’s a generic observation that toddlers are often instructed and told to act, talk, think and behave in a certain way by their parents, teachers, family members, etc. Which is considered to be ideal by them and not by the toddler himself/herself. We tend to follow all the societal norms and rules in a way that other people like and therefore, don’t get enough time and space to form our own mindset that dictates our personality. This leads to a poor confidence level in an individual as he/she grows up.
Societal and cultural expectations
We live in a society that tags certain kinds of behavior as being decent and right while others as being wrong and indecent. Individuals who are actively interested in fitting into this system often find themselves trapped after a certain point.
Tips to overcome
Some tips and tricks can be easily made a part of the regular routine of individuals who wish to overcome imposter syndrome. These tips are mentioned below-:
Set idealistic and realistic goals
Try to live life according to rules and goals set up by oneself. Limit working on merely someone else’s instructions and commands.
Avoid toxic people and unnecessary competition
Avoid being included in the race always. Try moving your own way. Cut off anything and anyone that distracts you from individuality.
Remember that nobody is perfect
Believe in yourself and your abilities. Walk with a confident approach. Perfection can never be achieved.
To sum up
In case one feels that he/she is extremely messed up and completely trapped in this kind of a condition, never forget that help is always available. It only takes a step for you to take for yourself to be stable again. Keep calm and help yourself. Remember, when everyone leaves, you have only yourself to be with. Invest in yourself wisely.
Author- Adesh Chaurasia
He is an active learner, author and speaker when it comes to the subject of national development through scientific and relational ways. He presents his knowledge about his line of work in such a simple yet engrossing manner that it reaches out to the people so as to enhance their knowledge and put it to good use.