Imposter Syndrome

Have you ever felt like an imposter? In this article we look at imposter syndrome – what it is and how you can overcome it!

What is imposter syndrome?

Imposter syndrome is when you feel like a fraud and not as competent as the people around you.

Someone could feel like an imposter anywhere: at their workplace, at school, on social media. In these spaces someone may feel like they don’t belong, downplay their successes or think they’re not deserving of the position they’re in.

If you are currently experiencing imposter syndrome, there are things you can do.

How to overcome imposter syndrome

  • Talk about it. It’s important to talk about any negative feelings you’re experiencing with someone you trust.
  • Having imposter syndrome could be linked to having a lack of confidence in yourself. Think about what your strengths are and some things you do well. Read our article ‘How to get confident and stay that way‘ for more tips on how to improve your confidence.
  • Remember perfection is impossible. Often people who experience imposter syndrome are perfectionists and are highly critical of themselves when things go wrong. Remember it’s ok to make mistakes and not everything needs to be perfect.
  • Meet new people. Meeting new people and trying new things can be a great way to improve your confidence if you’re feeling out of place. Make sure to check out all of our volunteering opportunities on our Get Involved page, or see if there are groups in your local area you can join.

Mark Thorburn on imposter syndrome

TikToker Mark Thorburn talks to us about imposter syndrome on our podcast This is How AyeFeel. He shares how he’s able to reassure himself when he feels out of place. You can watch the full episode below.

Where to find support

If imposter syndrome is starting to impact your mental health, there are lots of organisations you can reach out to for support:

  • Childline0800 1111 (open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day)
  • Samaritans116 123 (open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day)
  • Papyrus0800 068 4141 (open 365 days a year, 9am – midnight)

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