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Dr. Jessamy Hibberd

Escape the mind-trap of imposter syndrome

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"The Imposter Cure" by Dr. Jessamy Hibberd delves into the phenomenon of imposter syndrome, offering insights and practical strategies to overcome it. It shows how to break the cycle and embrace your true capabilities.

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    There are five types of imposter.

    Have you ever felt like you were a fraud? Maybe you’ve just got a job promotion and are worried you won't live up to expectations. Perhaps you're in college and finding it hard to keep up with your peers. Whatever your reason for feeling that way, you may be experiencing imposter syndrome.

    Imposter syndrome occurs whenever your beliefs and expectations collide. For example, people with the syndrome feel shame when they don't achieve their goals. This results in guilt, leading to self-doubt and poor performance. Research by Dr. Valerie Young – an expert on the syndrome and cofounder of the Imposter Syndrome Institute – shows that people with the syndrome present with one of five character traits.

    Perfectionists have high standards. They’re filled with self-doubt when things aren't perfect. They're afraid of failure. But since perfection is impossible, these feelings create a never-ending cycle of hard work and dissatisfaction.

    Natural geniuses focus on how and when things are done. They feel like fakes when they can’t do something right away. They learn new things quickly but lack perseverance.

    Soloists believe a goal is only worth pursuing if they can achieve it alone. So they don’t ask for help – even when a project is going wrong. When they encounter troubles, they put things off so they don’t have to admit defeat.

    Experts are knowledge perfectionists. They believe competence means knowing everything. They won’t consider a job if they don’t meet all the requirements. Experts worry about seeming inexperienced or uninformed.

    Superwomen and Supermen have unreal expectations and, like perfectionists, they believe it's all or nothing. They define competence as flawless performance in any role or situation.

    Did you recognize yourself as belonging to one of these types? If so, you too may have imposter syndrome. While there’s no single “cure” for imposter syndrome, understanding how it manifests is an ideal place to start.

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    What is The Imposter Cure about?

    The Imposter Cure (2019) provides strategies for increasing confidence, overcoming fears and doubts, and learning to see oneself through the eyes of others.

    The Imposter Cure Review

    The Imposter Cure (2017) is a book that helps us understand and overcome the psychological phenomenon known as Imposter Syndrome. Here's what makes this book worth reading:

    • It provides a clear explanation of Imposter Syndrome and how it affects our lives, offering practical strategies to overcome it and build self-confidence.
    • Through real-life case studies and relatable examples, the book helps readers recognize their own experiences with Imposter Syndrome and learn from others' journeys.
    • With its warm and compassionate tone, the book creates a safe and supportive space for readers to explore their feelings of self-doubt and discover their true value.

    Who should read The Imposter Cure?

    • Anybody who feels like a fraud
    • Grown-ups who don’t feel grown up
    • Self-sabotagers

    About the Author

    Dr. Jessamy Hibberd is a chartered clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and speaker. Over the course of her many years of clinical practice, she’s helped countless adults struggling with mental health. She’s dedicated to making psychology more accessible and regularly contributes to newspapers and magazines worldwide.

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    The main message of The Imposter Cure is overcoming imposter syndrome to reach your true potential.

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    The Imposter Cure is an insightful read, offering practical insights and strategies to overcome imposter syndrome.

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    The author of The Imposter Cure is Dr. Jessamy Hibberd.

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