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Impostor syndrome

  1. 1. The Impostor Syndrome: It’s not just you! Drs. Felicia De La Garza Mercer & Lisa Meeks October 16, 2013
  2. 2. Pop Quiz  Do you secretly worry that others will find out that you’re not as smart or capable as they think you are?  Do you sometimes shy away from challenges because of nagging self-doubt?  Do you tend to chalk your accomplishments up to being a “fluke”, “no big deal” or the fact that people just "like" you?  Do you hate making a mistake, being less than fully prepared or not doing things perfectly?  Do you tend to feel crushed by even constructive criticism, seeing it as evidence of your "ineptness?“  Do you believe that other people (students, colleagues, competitors) are smarter and more capable than you are?  •Do you live in fear of being found out, discovered, unmasked? From Dr. Valerie Young,
  3. 3. Workshop Agenda  What is Impostor Syndrome?  Why is this important to know about?  How to cope with impostor feelings
  4. 4. Feeling like a Fraud
  5. 5. One of These Things Is Not Like the Other
  6. 6. Signs of Impostor Syndrome  Self-doubt  Sense of incompetence  Frequently comparing yourself to others  Low self-esteem, self-worth  Fear, anxiety  Immobility  Stress & burnout  Under-performance  Hard to accept praise and/or compliments  Inability to enjoy your accomplishments
  7. 7. Sources of Impostor Feelings  “You’re so smart!”  You’re a student or new hire  The politics and culture of graduate/professional school can fuel self-doubt  You belong to an underrepresented group and are a minority in your school/work place From Dr. Valerie Young,
  8. 8. Sources of Impostor Feelings
  9. 9. But I Can Explain All That  Luck or timing  Supposed simplicity of the task  Others help or low expectations  Computer error  Likeability  Other creative excuses… From Dr. Valerie Young,
  10. 10. Competence Types  The Perfectionist  The Expert  The Soloist  The Natural Genius  The Superwoman/man/student From Dr. Valerie Young,
  11. 11. Coping & Protecting Strategies  Hard work to make up for “ineptness”  Holding back  Use of charm or perceptiveness  Procrastination  Not finishing  Self-sabotage From Dr. Valerie Young,
  12. 12. Small Changes Add Up  Break the silence and normalize feelings  It’s not just you!  Separate feelings from fact  Change thoughts and behaviors first and let feelings catch up…understand your unique “impostor pattern”  Reframe those “fraud” feelings into a sense of learning and growing From Dr. Valerie Young,
  13. 13. Small Changes Add Up  Find a mentor, create a support system & community  Teach and be a mentor  Remind yourself that you are not alone  “Everyone else is an impostor, too.” – Tina Fey  Remind yourself of your accomplishments
  14. 14. True Competence  Knowing how to identify the resources it takes to get the job done…  Time  Money  Information  People From Dr. Valerie Young,
  15. 15. Use Your Resources! Student Health & Counseling Student Disability Services First Gen Support Services • 476-1281 • 476-6595 • 514-0840 Learning Resource Services Multicultural Resource Center Office of Career & Professional Development • 502-0319 • 502-1911 • 476-4986 Your Peers Faculty/Mentors