A fellow librarian talked about a conference she recently attended. She mentioned she went to a talk on impostor syndrome. A feeling (or a syndrome) I have been feeling for as long as I can remember. Am I good enough? Am I smart enough? Am I enough at anything? And let’s be honest, am I pretty enough?
Merriam Webster examples the term first appeared in the article The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention by Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes: :
The abstract starts by saying: The term impostor phenomenon is used to designate an internal experience of intellectual phonies, which appears to be particularly prevalent and intense among a select sample of high achieving women.
When do you start to feel like you are not faking it anymore and start to feel like you are a natural? A natural at the whole being a person thing. Or is that feeling as mythical as a unicorn?
I’ve read a lot of self-help books (here are three that have stuck out) and each one of them has helped in way, yet I cannot seem to shake the feeling of being an impostor. A faker. A charlatan.
Lean In taught me its okay to play like the boys:
Big Magic taught me its okay to be creative:
Get Your Sh*t Together taught me to keep track of my keys (most of the time):
I know the saying fake it until you make it. But what if you are tired of faking it and just want to let your freak flag fly? How do I find the real me? And how do I show the world that person?