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- From childhood, your parents taught you that only back-breaking work can be earned, success comes only to those who day after day cultivate their garden or pore over textbooks at night, which, as you know, is nowhere without difficulty? And if suddenly you succeed in something easily, so - it's lucky! And you believed it and still believe it? Congratulations! You can definitely be called an impostor
- RAT CHUCHUNDRA
- THE KEY TO FREEDOM
Video: Chuchundra's First Step. What Is "impostor Syndrome" And How To Deal With It - Image
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From childhood, your parents taught you that only back-breaking work can be earned, success comes only to those who day after day cultivate their garden or pore over textbooks at night, which, as you know, is nowhere without difficulty? And if suddenly you succeed in something easily, so - it's lucky! And you believed it and still believe it? Congratulations! You can definitely be called an impostor
In the mornings I sometimes wake up with fear, with numb cold hands, sweating and with a rapid heartbeat. On such days, the reluctance to go to work outweighs all the positive emotions from the new day. Yesterday I completed my half-year report and put it on the executive's desk. And today everyone will know that I “do not understand anything in my work”, that I am not in my place and deceive everyone around with my alleged ingenuity and genius. Although to prepare this report, I rummaged through hundreds of reference books, other people's research and conducted my own, checked every comma. Or let's take another similar situation: I give a lecture to students, they listen carefully, even take notes, but suddenly my confident speech stumbles over a completely ridiculous thought: do they really believe in what I am saying now? I thought it all up! I'm not a real teacher. Now I want to crumple up the lecture and go there, no one will see me. This is not the first time this happens to me, although I regularly speak, write reports as usual, and I am more often praised than scolded at work.
The good science of psychology, in this case, found me an "excuse" for such general human conditions (as it turned out, they manifest themselves more often and to a stronger degree in women than in men - a study by P. Clance and S. Eames "Impostor syndrome in women with high level of achievement: dynamics and therapeutic intervention "(" The Impostor Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention "), 1978). It was in him that a new psychological term was first introduced - "impostor syndrome". According to research from 2018, between 54 and 93 percent of professionals suffer from it at certain points in their careers, especially in programming, medicine, the humanities and show business
But there is good news as well. First, talented people with great opportunities usually consider themselves "impostors". They say this syndrome is the flip side of genius. Secondly, it is quite possible to put the "impostor" inside yourself in place and not let him influence your behavior - I know from myself. Prior to studies carried out in Russia in 2018 (I. G. Malkina-Pykh), it was believed that "impostor syndrome" is inherent only in women and that it leads to mental personality disorders (Western researchers have repeatedly considered this syndrome in their works in this very aspect) … However, it turned out that this is a character trait, and it manifests itself from childhood in both men and women. Exactly the same as punctuality, hyperresponsibility, perfectionism. The closest in describing the manifestation of the "impostor syndrome" to the manifestations of ordinary self-doubt:anxiety, depression and frustration about not being able to live up to your inner standards. And psychologists reassured that this is not at all paranoia and not a mental disorder, this is just a neurotic state, the only way out of which: you need to believe in yourself and you should respect yourself. The lifesaver here can be the understanding that the task could be set incorrectly, it is impossible to foresee all situations, there is always a “human factor” of both interference in the process and the assessment of the result. And yet another 2017 study gave the world the scientific assumption that there are at least two types of "impostors" - true and strategic. The latter are generally cunning - they themselves have a high opinion of their abilities, but in the eyes of those around them they underestimate it in order to lower the “threshold of expectation” - they say, do not think too well of me. And the second type is characterized by the delegation of their powers to someone who will definitely not be able to cope, in order to “correct” him later, thereby achieving in the eyes of the leadership an increase in his assessment and status. This is a loophole to use your shortcomings to your advantage.
It is curious that there is a literary character that clearly fits the description of a person with such a syndrome - this is the Chuchundra rat. She was afraid of everything, and most of all that they would see her, appreciate and understand that she was just a gray rat, so she never crawled out into the middle of the room.
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