Imposter Syndrome Can Bring Growing Pains
One of my most memorable experiences feeling “Imposter Syndrome” was walking down the hallway of my new therapy office to greet my first client ever in private practice almost 22 years ago.
Feeling the anxiety of intense self-doubt can be paralyzing but it also can be the result of growing pains.
When we stretch our comfort level and expand our experiences we often feel like a fake or a fraud.
Breathing through it, recognizing this is an aspect we all share at times, and being kind & compassionate with ourselves in the process helps us reach the other side into greater self-competence.
Imposter Syndrome is when we feel like a fraud or a fake.
We're more likely to feel this way when we're doing something new or taking greater risks.
It's a self-protective self-judgment to try and avoid public humiliation.
Overcoming this starts with an understanding that it's a common human experience, that we're not defective.
Then, observe what's going on inside from a mindful and compassionate place.
We need to give ourselves time to gain a sense of self-competence which comes from consistent repetitive action.
Building a better relationship with ourselves means showing up as a best friend when we have this kind of self-doubt.