Are you suffering from a self-inflicted syndrome?

A syndrome is a group of symptoms that consistently occur together or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms.

  • Here are the main symptoms of this syndrome:
    1.  you're a high-achiever
    2. you have an inability to internalize your accomplishments (you often feel that what you have accomplished is “no big deal”
    3. you have a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud” or being “found out” for being someone you're not
    4. despite external evidence of your competence, you remain convinced that you are a fraud and don't deserve the success you have achieved
  • 5. your proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking you are more intelligent and competent than you believe themselves
    6. you tend to reflect and dwell upon extreme failure, mistakes and negative feedback from others.

Does this sound like you, if so then you suffer from the impostor syndrome.

So this self-inflicted syndrome I’m referring to is the Impostor syndrome (also known as fraud syndrome).
One source I read, reported that 70 percent of all people feel like impostors at one time or another. Recently, Academy-award winner, Viola Davis, admitted that she suffered from this condition. However there is help for this condition.

Prescription or treatment plan
I’m going to share 3 strategies to treat this condition:

1. Talk about the topic with other individuals—understand that others may be feeling the same as you—remember 70% of all people felt this way at some point in their lives. This is your support system.
2. Reflect or look at your thoughts and feelings that make you feel like an impostor or fraud—look at what you are telling yourself about yourself.
3. Make a list of your accomplishments, positive feedback and success stories-remind yourself that you are talented enough, smart enough, and deserving of your success.

So, if you follow my prescription or treatment plan for addressing the imposter syndrome, you will no longer feel like you’re not good enough, smart enough, or talented enough. You will begin to see that you have talents, gifts, and abilities that are worth celebrating. It’s time to get cured from this syndrome and live a life that you are proud of.

Go download the OYA The Blueprint. The Blueprint is a free video training is will help you to understand who you are, the value your bring. Knowing your value helps you to understand that you are deserve to feel, not like a fraud, but the success you already are.

Until next time…

Dr. Denise,

The Self Discovery Expert ™