This sounds like really dramatic title, doesn’t it?

It’s not as bad as it might sound, but at the same time something that many (me included) suffers from. The curse of never thinking that you’re good enough or rather.. Always having the nagging sensation of everyone and their toddlers can do whatever you can and then more, soon they will figure it out! Basking in the light of technological development of the modern era makes it even worse.

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which an individual >doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.[1]

Some might fare worse or better with it, depending on many factors.

One thing that many somehow like to disregard is that this phenomenon stems from narcisissm, especially covert/shy/vulnerable versions of it. This is because of a twist where somewhere deep down a person might hide feelings of superiority or at least expect this of themselves but on a more shallow level of personality live with a

Second, looking at a number of measures of the self, we found selfuncertainty and inauthenticity among those scoring higher in vulnerable narcissism, including higher levels of impostor syndrome, weak sense of self, self-alienation, accepting external influence, and low self-esteem. All of these factors limit a person’s quality of life, and indeed vulnerable narcissism was negatively associated with every measure of well-being we administered, including measures of life satisfaction, authentic living, autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth, positive relations, purpose, and self-acceptance. [2]

But as I already mentioned, this is something many if not every normally functioning human being “suffers” from. Some would say that it’s because of our society or what not. Humans are complex, let’s leave it there.

How it affect me (author)

Yes, let’s get a bit personal (not to much) but I feel that it’s necessary to get a point across. It also makes it easier for someone reading this to relate or think about this themselves.

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[1] wikipedia on impostor syndrome

[2] CLINICAL CORRELATES OF VULNERABLE AND GRANDIOSE NARCISSISM: A PERSONALITY PERSPECTIVE, Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, Brandon Weiss, MA, Joshua D. Miller, PhD, and W. Keith Campbell, PhD