How to deal with Imposter syndrome

Although there is no prescribed therapy for imposter syndrome, a little talking and counseling are always helpful.

Here are a few ways in my opinion that can make you feel better:

  1. The foremost step in dealing with your insecurities is recognizing them. Knowing and understanding why you feel what you feel about certain areas of your life.
  1. Share your feelings. Talk about your feelings to people whom you trust. Getting a fresh perspective and knowing what qualities of you people admire may make you feel better.
  1. Let go of perfectionism. Life is all about growing every day step by step. Perfectionism can only be aimed and never be achieved. The day you feel you are perfect is the day when you become stagnant. Commitment to growth is real perfection.
  1. Track your success. Keep a track of your small achievements. Even though they are just milestones, they are your achievements and need to be appreciated.
  1. Differentiate between being modest and being scared. Most of the time we confuse between modesty and fear and spend our whole lives being ignorant of our feelings. The moment we realize that we are scared of appreciation, we can evaluate whether it is based on fact or not. If it is merely a fear, it is easy to let go of it.

As I said earlier, the very first step towards improvement is recognizing and accepting the problem. It is ok to have problems and but it is not ok to be ignorant of them. If you feel that you are dealing with this, or, know somebody else who is dealing with this, share this and help them. It is important to spread awareness and make people realize the beauty of being different.

If you have any other suggestions, do let me know.

Published by Sruti Shivakumar

An architect from India on a journey of self exploration

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