Imposter syndrome can be defined as a psychological phenomenon in which a person is unable to internalize their accomplishments translating into self-doubt and continuously feeling like an imposter. The feeling of inadequacy that persists within us is what 80% of women suffer from. Even though today’s women movement has created a bigger and safer space for a more accountable work culture in an unfair society, most women still struggle with imposter syndrome. Women are taught to self-doubt themselves due to a long history of an absurd belief that women do not conform to the qualities of an incumbent leader: men.
That persistent little voice that belittles your accomplishments, questions your level of competence and intellect, can be nipped with a better understanding of imposter syndrome. As women lucky enough to be born in this era with our foot finally in the door, we must learn to work as a unit to rewrite our mental program and always to remember self-love. Expectations, insecurity, loss of identity is what we all share – by discussing and seeking support with a community of powerful women, we can grow and emerge into better versions of ourselves.
FindSisterhood was founded with the belief that women should empower each other and create a culture whereby we share and support one another. Imposter syndrome has long been an unspoken shared problem in women. On our Q&A platform, we present the wonderful Gesche Haas, founder of Trailblazer Adventure, a startup studio with the mission to increase the number of successful women. She discusses issues pertaining to confidence, overcoming insecurity at a workplace and being a minority.
Imposter syndrome can be triggered by many different factors, between age, race, and education, it can be easy to feel like we don’t belong in certain professional environments. This is especially true for minority groups, as many are also first-generation college grads. Being the first to attend college can add a huge amount of pressure to the already stress of having a successful career.
One’s age can often affect the way we see ourselves within society and the workforce. Some women often feel like they aren’t taken seriously enough, not only because of their gender but because of their youth and the feeling that they lack experience. However, the opposite may also be true when you may no longer be in your twenties and decide to change your career path.
It’s easy to become intimidated when entering the workforce for the first time or doing a complete career change, but it’s important to not be so hard on yourself. Challenging yourself and putting yourself out there for more opportunities is the only way to grow. Remember to not be so hard on yourself, everyone starts somewhere.