We hear a lot from women about how they feel like they’re impostors. That they feel that someone will find out they are not real. But that’s not true.
In the late 1970s, psychologists coined the term “impostor syndrome” to refer to the inability of successful high achievers to acknowledge and internalize their accomplishments. These same people believe and live in constant fear of the discovery that they are a fraud. While impostor syndrome is gender neutral, it undermines people of all genders. However, women are more likely to suffer from it.
That’s why we’re pleased to stumble across a Quartz.com article on the topic. It’s a great article outlining what is impostor syndrome. The article points out that people who suffer from this syndrome are more likely doing a great job.
The article also notes that women are less likely to talk about their accomplishments in comparison to men. To that we say, “toot your own horn!”
It’s about time we end the myth and long-held belief that “nice women” don’t toot their own horn. Men have and do talk about their accomplishments with great regularity, and they’re rarely, if ever, socially or professionally penalized for this.
The fact is tooting your own horn isn’t bragging or humble bragging, it’s just stating the truth and celebrating your achievements.
This week go out and admit to your awesomeness! If you don’t, no one else will. Start putting a dent into impostor syndrome effect. Also, we encourage you to read the Quartz.com article “Is imposter syndrome a sign of greatness?” by clicking here.