Do you know what the imposter syndrome is? She is very linked with insecurity and self-sabotage. Psychologist Daísa Ferreira Tigre (CRP: 08/31057) clarified the main doubts about the problem, how to identify and treat it. To check it out, just read on!
What is the imposter syndrome
Psychologist Daísa says that the imposter syndrome is a phenomenon that makes some people feel incapable of achieving positive achievements in life. Thus, the individual cannot recognize their own achievements and believes that their success came from something external such as luck or that someone else accomplished it. The person fantasizes that he is incapable, so he lives in fear that someone will discover what a fake he is.
The syndrome mainly affects the work area, but not only it, also harming love relationships and social life. “This phenomenon is linked to low self-esteem and the construction of a false image about oneself. It is common that in some moments when we are with low self-esteem, we devalue ourselves, but in the case of this syndrome, she cannot see herself conquering or deserving something at any time”, points out the psychologist.
How to identify the imposter syndrome
The only way to effectively identify a psychological disorder is with the opinion of a professional in psychology, so don’t hesitate to seek help. Also, researching the subject is a good idea. The psychologist Daísa listed the main symptoms of this syndrome. Take a look:
- Constant self-depreciation and self-sabotage: generally, those who suffer from this disorder tend not to feel confident and devalue everything they do.
- Intense Anxieties: feeling anxious is also one of the symptoms of the imposter syndrome.
- Procrastination: procrastinating is something common in the routine of an individual with the imposter syndrome, which may be related to self-sabotage.
- Pessimism: since nothing a person does is enough, the feeling of pessimism is frequent.
- Fear of being discovered: another symptom indicated by Daisa is the constant fear of being discovered as an imposter.
- Low self esteem: problems with self-esteem are one of the symptoms and causes of the syndrome.
- Isolation: isolating oneself is common for those who suffer from this disorder, as the tendency is towards self-sabotage.
“In some cases, this person can be in a depressive condition”, points out the psychologist. It is worth to be attentive and always seek the help of a professional!
Tips for better coping with imposter syndrome
The first attitude to deal with the syndrome, according to Daísa, “is to perceive it and accept it, which is very challenging, as the subject often denies himself, because the vision he has about himself is very real.” In addition, it is necessary to seek help from a qualified professional for this job. Otherwise, it is possible to increase the fantasy that one is incapable, through wrong treatment. An important tip is also not to isolate yourself and read about the subject, after all, information is always a good way.
Is there a treatment for the imposter syndrome?
The syndrome can be treated with psychological counseling and, in some cases, in conjunction with psychiatric care. “The psychoanalytical psychological accompaniment aims to help this subject to reconstruct a good image about himself, which could not be developed in his life, leaving a false ‘self’, that is, the negative fantasy about his own image”, mentions the psychologist.
What to do when we identify someone with the imposter syndrome?
The main help that friends and family can provide, in Daísa’s words, is “encourage the subject to seek psychological support”. But, in everyday life, the ideal is to avoid speeches that prove to the subject that he is incapable. Do not agree when the individual says that some achievement was not in his own merits or that he is incapable of any victory.
Policing yourself so as not to take the place of being responsible for her or his achievements is also important, as the subject with the imposter syndrome will try to place the responsibility for his merits on others, that is, the people he lives with.
Imposter syndrome is a serious disorder that needs to be treated with caution and responsibility by those around you. For this, learn more about the importance of affective responsibility!