Minisode Monday #13 | Overcoming Imposter Syndrome


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Welcome to the 13th episode of Minisode Monday! We keep finding so many useful tactics and tips that we want to share with you, but they don't fit into the format of a regular show -- hence, Minisode Monday.

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges author and recent guest Amy Cuddy joins us to talk about something a lot of us experience: Imposter Syndrome.

The Cheat Sheet:
  • Do you ever feel like you don't belong where you are? That you don't deserve what you have? That everyone else is smarter than you? You might be experiencing Imposter Syndrome.
  • This doesn't just apply to high achievers -- it happens to almost everyone (80%), and is not limited by demographic.
  • Do you remove yourself from situations where you worry you might be "found out" for not being good enough? Common avoidances: speaking at events, performing, taking on challenges, and talking about this feeling with anyone else -- because we feel completely alone in this condition.
  • Pluralistic Ignorance: the feeling that everyone else knows something we don't know.
  • Imposter Syndrome activates the same centers in the brain as pain.
  • It feeds itself: the more we succeed, the more we feel we're getting undue attention, and the more likely we're going to be "found out."
  • We can't say no to opportunities just because we feel threatened with discovery.
  • The best thing we can do if we find ourselves experiencing Imposter Syndrome is talking about it with others. We might be surprised to find that, while opening up to someone we trust, they'll admit feeling this way, too. We're not alone.
  • To learn more about social dynamics and overcoming conditions like Imposter Syndrome, take the Art of Charm Challenge by clicking here, or text CHARMED to 33444.
  • Let us know about how you put today's Minisode Monday into practice! Leave a comment below, tweet with @TheArtofCharm in your response, or write to Jordan directly: (he reads everything)!

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