The Imposter Syndrome:
How It Can Influence Your Growth
When I was in academia, there was this thing, called the imposter syndrome.
The imposter syndrome states that at some point in your career, you are going to wake up and feel like a fake that doesn’t belong in the position you’re in.
The tenants of imposter syndrome are that:
experiencing imposter syndrome is pretty much a guarantee for anyone
it’s more common among high-achieving woman, though
the way you get over it is by acknowledging it for what it is
In the academic community, the rule was that imposter syndrome could strike at any time and honestly, it’s appearance was not without warrant.
How imposter syndrome first showed up for me:
An academic who is actively conducting research must present that research at a scientific conference every quarter.
At these presentations, it was not uncommon for other scientists in the audience to listen quite politely and then very end of their presentation, to pull your experiment apart and attempt to de-validate the whole thing in front of a room of your peers.
I always thought the ruling forces here were competition and ego, but the older scientists seemed to rationalize this behavior by saying that constructive criticism made for better scientists. It wasn’t constructive criticism, though . . . it was humiliation. Through and through.
Though I am no longer a practicing academic in the traditional sense, I still create hypotheses and test them on my own as they relate to the spiritual journey.
And in doing this, I have begun to see the imposter syndrome, rearing its head among my intuitive students and among, my fellow colleagues. And because of this, I wanted to write about it.
If you . . .
feel like you very well may be a fake (don't let the criticism get to you!)
are doubting your abilities (even if you’ve been practicing a while)
don’t feel like you are good enough to teach others (you are)
Say hello to my old friend, imposter syndrome.
Let’s give it a hug and remember it’s tenants -
experiencing imposter syndrome is pretty much a guarantee
It's more common among high-achieving women
And you can get over it by just acknowledging it for what it is
To end, it's something we all go through - you aren’t alone!
Amanda Linette Meder
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