Imposter Syndrom

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

What is imposter syndrome?

  • Do you attribute your success to luck or coincidence?
  • Do you agonize over the smallest flaws or imperfections in your work?
  • When you succeed, do you secretly feel like you’ve fooled others again?
  • Do you worry that it’s just a matter of time before others find out you’ve been “running a game” on them?


Studies suggest 70% of high achievers secretly believe they’re not as bright or capable as everyone “thinks” they are. They believe they are inadequate and incompetent failures despite evidence that indicates they are skilled and quite successful. They feel like complete frauds when it comes to their identity because they attribute their achievements and accomplishments to luck rather than personal competence. This psychological phenomenon is called imposter syndrome. Simply stated, Imposter syndrome is when we diminish or discount obvious evidence of our abilities because we believe we are actually incompetent.


5 Imposter Types

Dr. Valerie Young, the leading expert on Imposter Syndrome, has identified 5 different Imposter Syndrome archetypes or competence types to help us understand how this phenomenon shows up in our lives. You can even take her Imposter Syndrome Quiz
    • The Perfectionist:

      • You feel like your work must be 100% perfect, 100% of the time
        You’re rarely satisfied because you believe you could’ve done even better
    • The Superwoman/man

      • You feel like you haven’t truly earned your title (despite numerous degrees and achievements), so you work harder and longer than those around you to prove your worth
      • You are addicted to the validation that comes from working hard and not to the work itself
    • The Natural Genius

      • You don’t just judge yourself based on ridiculous expectations, you judge yourself based on getting things right on the first try.
      • When you’re not able to do something quickly or fluently on the first time, you label yourself as incompetent.
    • The Soloist

      • You refuse assistance so you can prove your worth.
      • You don’t ask for help because you’re afraid others will see you being incompetent.
    • The Expert

      • You measure your competence based on “what” and “how much” you know or can do.
      • You believe you will never know enough, and you fear being exposed as inexperienced or unknowledgeable.

Connect to the podcast for more insights

To hear more about how Imposter Syndrome can negatively impact your life and to gain some strategies for how to overcome this psychological phenomenon practically AND spiritually, listen to this podcast episode where I discuss this and more with Licensed Professional Counselor, Julianna Dewitt.


Talk to Me

If you struggle with Imposter Syndrome, I would love to know how you have been combatting it or plan to combat it now that you understand this better. Most importantly, I want to encourage you that success in life is not so much about WHAT we know (our knowledge and competence) which is limited–it’s SO MUCH more about WHO we know (God). When we trust in what God knows and what He can do through us–we are no longer place our confidence in our competence, we instead place our confidence in God. It’s our God-confidence that helps us overcome ANY imposter type we may feel or face in life.


Additional Tips for Combatting Imposter Syndrome


Giving yourself Permission to Grow as you Go.

Has perfectionism stopped you from doing, creating, producing or building something for the first time? If so, give yourself permission to grow as you go. Check out this message to receive the encouragement you need to grow as you go in doing something new.




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