Do you ever suffer from imposter syndrome? It’s that feeling that you sometimes get, maybe at work or in a social situation, were you are waiting for someone to realise.
Realise what exactly you’re not sure – that you don’t know what you’re talking about, that you are only pretending to know about current affairs, that you’re actually a nine year old girl trapped in an adult body… That’s generally the gist. (Possibly not that last one if you’re a man, but maybe.)
I’ve decided I really need to get over it.
I need to not submit every piece of work I do with that niggling feeling that today could be the day that I am discovered. I need to not fret that every piece of training I deliver will simply cause my trainees to snigger, because actually I do know what I talking about.
(Mostly. Not with current affairs though. That’s all an elaborate bluff based purely on the things I see on Twitter.)
Generally though. Generally I know my stuff, so what is it that keeps me from letting go of that imposter syndrome and totally believing in my own abilities? I don’t like generalisations, but I do suspect that being a woman could play a part. I read somewhere for example that women normally will look at a job advert and only apply if they meet all of the criteria. Men on the other hand will have a quick scan but feel happy if they can tick off half of the essentials – a lot of men just seem to have this fantastic innate confidence in themselves that many women lack.
Do you ever feel like an imposter at work or among other people generally? What do you do to fend off imposter syndrome?