The impostor syndrome is not a disease nor a pathology. We are talking more about a psychological state that everyone can go through during their life or professional career. In reality, this is a common problem. According to a study published in the Journal of Behavioral Science and relayed by Forbes: ‘’70% of the world population would doubt at least once in their life about the legitimacy of their success’’.
The impostor syndrome is based on a set of erroneous beliefs that must be questioned in order to try to work on a fairer system of thoughts and above all, more beneficial to well-being. People with impostor syndrome, also known as autodidact syndrome, express a form of unhealthy doubt that essentially involves denying ownership of any personal achievement. We see in coaching, for example, that most coachees who have the impostor syndrome are ultimately people who have (most of the time) grown up in an environment and / or experiences nurturing a lack of self-confidence and self esteem.
Impostor Syndrome is intimately linked to a lack of self-confidence – and sometimes it is an overwhelming pressure we all put on ourselves to be perfect. Just as lack of self-confidence, impostor syndrome often turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy: the belief is so strong (I lack the abilities) that I change my behavior (I sabotage myself) and at the end I realize and experiment this belief myself (I fail, therefore I am an impostor). In short: by dint of believing it, it ends up happening.
There is no miracle method to regain self-confidence: it is a self work that is done over time. Because building self-confidence starts by knowing ourself: knowing who we are, and being aware of who we are not.