I for Imposter Syndrome #AtoZChallenge
You are an achiever and you do all things right yet you feel like an imposter. You fear being exposed and challenged. It’s hard for you to internalize your accomplishments.
Well, this is not as uncommon as the name sounds. Imposter Syndrome is a concept that has interested psychologists for long until the term was coined in 1978. A concept that attracted research and continues to be studied as a reaction to certain situations. Many studies also suggest that this syndrome is particularly common among high-achieving women.
When I first heard of the concept in Ada Camp, I imagined it to be true for women in position or power. However, I was wrong. When I was attending the conference, I was new to Open Source (I still am) and my only work in this area has been about editing Wikipedia. The other participants were coders, theater artists, activists and women achievers in the field of cross-sectional feminism. Terms and technologies I hadn’t even heard of. I felt that I was invited my mistake. Until I attended the first session on Imposter Syndrome.
It is common for women like me to feel how I felt. You may wonder why and my rationale is the lack of belief women have in themselves. Most women shy away from openly accepting that they are capable of achieving something. They prefer saying, ‘I will get what I deserve’ or “My work shows my worth’ or ‘I will give it my best shot’. When success comes, it is easily put to the team or to the help and support that was provided.
Think for yourself. Is it fair to undervalue yourself? Would you not feel demotivated if your efforts go unnoticed? Your achievements show your talent so why not stay confident and believe in yourself?
Let’s beat the Imposter Syndrome. Once and for all.
I am participating in the A To Z Challenge for the third time this year and I am penning Stories from everyday life.