Thoughts – Impostor Syndrome

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:

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Big Magic taught me its okay to be creative:

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Get Your Sh*t Together taught me to keep track of my keys (most of the time):

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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?

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