Being Well Podcast: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome
May 31, 2023

On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Forrest and Dr. Rick explore how to overcome imposter syndrome, the common psychological experience of self-doubt and feeling like a fraud. 

You’ll learn why even very accomplished, capable people experience imposter syndrome, strategies to break free from the cycle of self-doubt, and how to move away from comparison, embrace authenticity, and believe in yourself. Gain insights on building self-confidence, reframing negative self-perceptions, and finding support from mentors and allies.

Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 1:15: Defining imposter syndrome, and watching out for “construct creep”
  • 9:25: Where the notion of imposter syndrome originates
  • 11:30: Stages of development, trust, shame, and belonging
  • 13:50: Myths around accomplishment, and when we’re actually good enough
  • 16:30: The typical cycle of imposter syndrome
  • 20:00: Why people get trapped in this cycle
  • 25:00: Moving away from comparison
  • 28:10: Shame about shame, and sharing authentically with others
  • 32:15: What helps us face our fears
  • 36:35: Acknowledging what you are not
  • 40:15: Your locus of control, and how you interpret your experience
  • 49:25: Mentors, role models, and allies
  • 51:50: Recap

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