When you succeed on your blog, you should start working to maintain it, and one of the main obstacles that can arise is the imposter syndrome. This post helps you identify this psychological disorder and introduce you to the tools to combat it.
What is the imposter syndrome?
The Imposter Syndrome is a common psychological phenomenon characterized by feelings of inadequacy, lack of self-confidence, and awareness of inability to fit a role or a job. It is not a syndrome in the strictest sense of the word, but a term often used to describe the thoughts and feelings of high-achieving individuals who cannot internalize their accomplishments.
Imposter syndrome is a psychological disorder that is characterized by people not creating themselves worthy of success. That’s right, those who suffer it have the idea that their success is due to a stroke of luck and that at any moment, it will be over. Believe it or not, 7 out of 10 people have suffered at some point in their lives, according to a study published by the BBC.
One of the main symptoms of this disorder is that people doubt their abilities and do not recognize their accomplishments. The syndrome causes mood to wear, can affect productivity at work, and increases stress.
Bloggers are not exempt from this psychological disorder. On the contrary, it is one of their main enemies. Your blog’s success will depend on consistency and dedication, so it’s essential to know if you have this syndrome to treat it in time.
You should know that if you feel that you are not up to the recognition you receive, you are not capable enough, you should go to your therapist. Without realizing it, you can be the one who is sabotaging your work, and that everything you have achieved with your blog comes down.
Why does this disorder arise?
This syndrome is common in high-achieving individuals and can cause extreme distress and impair performance. The imposter syndrome is most prevalent in high-achieving women. The imposter syndrome is not a clinical diagnosis. Instead, it is a term used to describe people who are believed to be struggling with this concept. When the imposter syndrome is present, people can feel a chronic sense of not being worthy of success and a conviction that others view them as fraud. I was diagnosed with imposter syndrome when I was in my second year of college.
Now you have to wonder why this pathology originates, its causes, and I tell you that it can have its origin in childhood.
Here are the four possible sources of this syndrome, according to the BBC study:
Parent Requirements: When there’s a lot of pressure at home to get good grades, or your parents are very successful people, and that makes you feel like you’re different. When they treat your brother like the “smart,” you like the “sympathetic.”
Gender stereotypes: Specialists point out that imposter syndrome can occur equally in both men and women. However, some scholars believe that more can occur in women because of the social pressure that exists towards them from an early date. They are required to successfully develop multiple roles, such as mother and professional positions.
Wage gaps: Around the world, it is a reality that men earn higher wages than women, despite developing the same roles. This is something that could also be a cause.
High demand: People who have had this psychological disorder have the characteristic of being very demanding. Sometimes, they have a long list of personal requirements almost impossible to realize.
By being clearer and knowing that this syndrome exists, we have more tools to deal with it. That’s why constant training and knowledge are vital to achieving the success of your blog. And if you feel like you have the syndrome, I invite you to check their symptoms in detail.
Symptoms of imposter syndrome
First of all, I tell you that the imposter syndrome is not easy to detect. The first thing to be alert to is if you have a very perfectionist personality. Another caveat is the constant formation, exaggeratedly. Look, I don’t want to tell you that it’s bad to train or update. Just know why you’re doing it. If it’s because you never feel trained, you have to check yourself out.
You may feel like you don’t deserve your achievements or that other people will find out you are a “fake” or a “fraud” and have been tricked into believing anything you have achieved is actually due to luck or other people’s help.
In some forms, the imposter syndrome is considered a healthy response to high achievement, a way of coping with and controlling feelings of doubt. Others believe it to be an unhealthy response to high achievement, a form of coping with and avoiding feelings of failure and inadequacy. While those who suffer from the imposter syndrome may not be aware that they do so, or maybe aware of it but deny it, they tend to believe that they are not intelligent or talented enough to achieve as much as they have and that they are therefore undeserving of their success.
Reflection of the imposter syndrome
Some overwork because they believe they should compensate for their deficiencies compared to the rest of the people. Here’s a list of behaviors that may be a reflection of imposter syndrome:
👉 You feel that your achievements are the result of luck and not your effort.
👉 You find it hard to accept flattery to your work.
👉 You apologize for your actions when you haven’t done anything wrong.
👉 You’re clinging to exceptionally high standards.
👉 You have a fear of making a mistake to such an extent that you are paralyzed.
👉 It’s a fact for you that you’re not a capable person.
If you think you have these symptoms, I suggest you read the recommendations below and consult your trusted therapist. But don’t worry, this whole thing has a solution.
How to fight the syndrome?
The word Imposter syndrome is a term used to describe the feelings of high-achieving individuals who, despite their success, fear that they are a fraud and that they will eventually be “exposed” as a person of modest achievement. This syndrome is prevalent in high-achieving women.
Imposter syndrome is considered a type of cognitive distortion, a way to explain away or rationalize certain feelings resulting from an individual’s behavior or environment. It’s essential to be aware that there is nothing wrong with having feelings of being a fraud sometimes. But when these feelings turn into an obsession and you feel like a fraud all the time, you start to become paralyzed by your fear.
Imposter syndrome is where a person is unable to internalize their accomplishments. They either attribute their success to external factors such as luck or believe that they are not deserving of praise due to their own perceived inadequacies. This internal dialogue can have a toxic effect on the psyche – people who suffer from imposter syndrome tend to have lower levels of self-esteem and self-confidence and often experience depression and anxiety.
Recognize the symptoms first
This first step is already being made by reading this post. Knowing what the symptoms are, you will be able to see if you have them. I recommend that you look closely at everything you say, mostly when you talk about yourself. That way, you can see if you have any of these symptoms.
Besides, you must reflect and see if your success makes you uncomfortable or bothered by others’ recognition. Find out what prevents you from enjoying your success, whether it comes from your thoughts, and what consequences it has on your blog’s success.
Understand that you are not alone
As I told you in the first few paragraphs of this post, 70% of people can develop this psychological disorder. Many successful men and women have managed to overcome this syndrome to enjoy themselves successfully.
The former Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, acknowledged in 2019 that she still suffered from imposter syndrome. Yes, the wife of the first Afro-descendant president of one of the most powerful countries in the world and who also accompanied him in developing his entire political career. So don’t feel bad if it happens to you. You have to propose to get over it.
The syndrome is especially pertinent to content writing specialists who do not see the value they do. Most of them see content writing as a field that is not very valuable and that anyone can do. As a result, they do not see their value.
Both men and women experience this syndrome, but it’s not clear whether women are affected more than men. The imposter syndrome may cause significant distress and feelings of anxiety in those that have it. That’s why it’s essential to learn more about how it affects you and how you can counteract it to take over your life.
Difference humility from fear
It’s important not to confuse humility in the face of your accomplishments with the fear you might feel when you’re overwhelmed by praise when you think that you are unworthy that all the recognition received for your blog’s success should set off the alarms.
Nor the idea is that you feel so worthy that you could come to believe that you are a superior being. There you would already enter into an ego problem. The idea is to strike a balance between humility and feeling worthy of recognition.
Perfectionists are the most likely to suffer from imposter syndrome; the low acceptance of failures makes them feel like a fraud. This is a consequence of constant comparison with too high standards and, in most cases, far from reality.
The first thing to keep in mind is that human beings are not perfect and that success results from successes and mistakes. Perfection is not that it is terrible. The problem is when you set goals away from reality.
If you feel that imposter syndrome is affecting how your blog works, see a therapist. In this way, you will manage the situation to enjoy the success achieved with so much effort. Human beings are not perfect. We need to know how to learn to overcome our mistakes.