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750 Inspirational Imposter Syndrome Quotes: Beat Self-Doubt

1. “Imposter syndrome can be triggered by any achievement or approval-related task or as a result of feeling insecure about your knowledge or skills, particularly when you work in a competitive atmosphere and when responsibilities increase.” – Dr Jessamy Hibberd

2. “We are all imposters – everyone wings it a bit – but those who believe they are ‘imposters’ see this as a problem rather than a normal reaction to not knowing something. Their belief that they are an imposter is so strong that they are unable to dismiss their feelings; it blinds them to any other information, so they are unable to take on board their achievements.” – Dr Jessamy Hibberd

3. “Imposters fear being found out or not being good enough so strongly that they do not question their fear. If what you believe is true, then you’re right to be scared: being found out, failing, the humiliation that comes with what you imagine – these are terrifying.” – Dr Jessamy Hibberd

4. “Imposter syndrome normally occurs when there is a tension between two views – yours and what you believe others expect of you. Or the tension could be between the standards you set yourself and how you assess yourself as doing.” – Dr Jessamy Hibberd

5. “What if you’re wrong and you’re not an imposter?” – Dr Jessamy Hibberd

6. “Imposter syndrome runs on a continuum from an occasional worry that you’re not up to the task to full-blown fears of being ‘found out’. It can cause chronic self-doubt, fear and shame, making it hard to enjoy life or to live in the moment.” – Dr Jessamy Hibberd

7. “When you see how common it is you may begin to notice – even if only for a moment – that there’s something else going on here. And maybe, just maybe, you’re not right about yourself. We can’t all be imposters, can we?” – Dr Jessamy Hibberd

8. “Not only do imposters fear failure, they show greater concern about their mistakes and a stronger tendency to overestimate the number of mistakes they make compared with non-imposters.” – Dr Jessamy Hibberd

9. “Remind yourself that you’re not an imposter if you don’t get everything right first time and that you won’t always see improvements week after week. Challenges aren’t a sign that you’re not up to the task, they are a part of doing anything that’s worth doing and just one step along the way to success.” – Dr Jessamy Hibberd

10. “Imposter syndrome is a perfect example of confirmation bias. You decided a long time ago that you were a fraud and for years you’ve been building an argument in support of this in your head, ignoring any information that doesn’t fit and operating a strong bias against yourself.” – Dr Jessamy Hibberd

11. “Perfectionism is intertwined with your sense of self and is often about attempting to correct or deal with a feeling of not being good enough – something many imposters can identify with.” – Dr Jessamy Hibberd

12. You are the only one who controls how your story is going to be written.

13. “Sometimes it takes a lot of courage to be who you are.”― Joan Bauer