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Five Normal Things You Can’t Do When Suffering from Imposter Syndrome

In this post, we will focus on consequences without worrying so much about the definition of imposter syndrome. You can read a little about what’s behind imposter syndrome first if you’d like.

Let’s get right into the list of five normal things you cannot do while suffering from imposter syndrome.

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1. Take a compliment seriously

After all, you feel like a fraud and tend to believe any success is attributed to outside circumstances. When someone compliments you, you might play your cards right in response, but on the inside, you cannot allow the compliment to sink in. You will not feel it. How could you? In the context of imposter syndrome, you don’t deserve the compliment.

2. Trust yourself

You believe that you are inherently fake, putting over a big scam on humanity by your very existence. How can you trust yourself and hold onto the imposter belief at the same time?

3. Feel fulfilled

Fulfillment often comes as a result on doing something well – or doing something in alignment with our values. With imposter syndrome, that isn’t going to happen. We might do many things well but when it comes to being fulfilled by a job well done, we pass on that one. Deep down, we “know” our success is just dumb luck or perhaps due to the efforts of others. Feeling fulfilled might even feel dishonest and unfair to others.

4. Accept yourself

This one goes without saying. Who accepts a fake? Unless your plan is to be an imposter. Then you’ll have an easier time accepting yourself but would you be suffering from imposter syndrome if such were the case?

5. Relax

An imposter syndrome sufferer isn’t full of inner peace. On the contrary,  you are always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Any signs that something isn’t right are immediately taken as, “Oh my god, I am such a fool and now everyone is going to know.” We tend to implicate ourselves even when circumstances have nothing to do with us.

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Five Normal Things You Can’t Do When Suffering from Imposter Syndrome

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.

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Bundrant, M. (2020). Five Normal Things You Can’t Do When Suffering from Imposter Syndrome. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2020, from


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