How to Get Rid of Imposter Syndrome

An image of a mask being lifted showing how to get rid of imposter syndrome with online therapy for anxiety

A concern I often get asked is : 

I often grapple with imposter syndrome, particularly in my professional environment. Persistent self-doubt and a pervasive sense of inadequacy in comparison to my colleagues plague my thoughts, even though I recognize the lack of objective truth in these feelings. The recurring question arises: why does this internal struggle persist, and how can I overcome it?

Typically, discussions about imposter syndrome revolve around the emotional aspects of the experience, the anxiety, the self doubt, the constant second guessing of your skills and abilities. For instance, one might sense imposter syndrome when contributing to work meetings, grappling with anxiety that peers perceive one as unintelligent or incompetent. Similarly, one might experience insecurity in their relationship, particularly in social settings where one’s partner’s confidence contrasts with one’s anxious disposition.

Upon close examination, it becomes evident that attention is naturally drawn to the emotional dimensions of imposter syndrome. Understandably, the discomfort associated with these intense unpleasant emotions captures focus. Yet, the important realization is that emotions are not directly controllable; they’re not buttons to press or dials to adjust.

To alleviate these persistent feelings, the key lies in identifying and modifying the thought patterns contributing to them. Imposter syndrome is not an invasive brain virus but rather a product of habitual thought patterns.

Consider this:

      • Anxiety about others’ opinions stems from habitual worry about their perceptions, a mental habit that can be managed.

      • Feeling inferior to others results from the mental habit of constant comparison, a habit that can be altered through practice.

      • The fear of judgment and negative opinions arises from the habit of worrying about external perceptions.

    In essence, overcoming imposter syndrome entails reframing it not as an external force acting upon you but as a set of habits within your control.

    Here’s the approach:

        1. Identify Your Thought Habits:
              • Explore the recurring thought patterns generating the imposter syndrome.

          1. Cultivate Awareness:
                • Develop the ability to catch yourself in unhelpful thought patterns.

            1. Shift Focus:
                  • Practice redirecting your thoughts towards more constructive and balanced perspectives.

            In summary, conquering imposter syndrome involves a shift in perception—from viewing it as a happening to recognizing it as a set of controllable actions. By understanding your habitual thought patterns and honing the ability to redirect them, you can pave the way for a healthier mindset.

            Moreover, navigating imposter syndrome involves acknowledging the role of individual therapy in regulating emotional overwhelm. In individual therapy, you can collaboratively explore the roots of these persistent thought patterns, working with a therapist to identify triggers and develop strategies for emotional regulation. By delving into the underlying causes of imposter syndrome in a therapeutic setting, you gain valuable insights and coping mechanisms to manage emotional overwhelm effectively. This process not only fosters self-awareness but also empowers you to actively reshape your mental habits, contributing to a more confident and balanced self-perception.

            Begin Therapy

            If you’re ready to begin therapy to learn to manage imposter syndrome, that’s great! I offer individual and joint relationship therapy. I would be honored to discuss your concerns and tell you about the many ways I can help you find healing. To begin online therapy, follow these steps:

            Connect with psychologist Foram Zaveri

            Explore specialized support for managing anxiety and imposter syndrome through online therapy. 
            Initiate sessions focusing on cultivating the relationships you’ve longed for.
            Based in Mumbai, India, Foram Zaveri’s therapeutic offerings include anxiety treatment, depression support, marriage/couples counseling, recovery from infidelity/affairs, pre-marital guidance, and teen counseling. Reach out to me for detailed insights into my counseling services or to delve into how online therapy can specifically address anxiety and imposter syndrome.

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