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Imposter Syndrome

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you begin to question whether you've got what it takes and whether you belong? Danny begins an exploration into this feeling of Imposter Syndrome with a personal story.

In her book Ditching Imposter Syndrome the author Clare Josa writes about 4 ways in which Imposter Syndrome can affect us - The 4 Ps of Imposter Syndrome:

Perfectionism - we believe that anything less than perfection is failure and when we don’t meet our unreasonably high standards, we can feel like impostors.

Procrastination - We put things off because we fear not meeting expectations. 

Project Paralysis - We get stuck because we doubt our ability to complete a project successfully. 

People Pleasing - We seek external validation and avoid conflict. We fear rejection or criticism and so we overcommit and say yes to everything.

Have you experienced Imposter Syndrome? Which of these do you relate to?

This video from the University of Stanford tells a familiar story:

Danny introduces the three Ps that can perpetuate Imposter Syndrome.

This video from The School of Life proposes that Imposter Syndrome has its roots in childhood and in the fact that we know ourselves intimately from the inside out but we only know of others what they share through words or actions.

"We see our behind-the-scenes but we see everyone else's highlight reel."

Continuing the alliteration, we explore how Perspective, Pluralistic Ignorance and Portraying Probity can perpetuate Imposter Syndrome.

Which of the Ps that perpetuate Imposter Syndrome do you relate to most?

“Why do we feel the need to justify our intentions as good?”

In this clip from his podcast The Diary of a CEO, Steven Bartlett shares how he believes we should all be regularly experiencing Imposter Syndrome as we step out of our comfort zone.

Danny considers the potential benefits of Imposter Syndrome and how we might harness it to empower our growth.

When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? and what feels out of your comfort zone that you’d like to be in your comfort zone?

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