Usa, (PressExposure) September 30, 2008 -- Some of Hollywoodâs biggest names have gone on record stating that, despite their success, they feel as though they are frauds. Experts call this The Impostor Syndrome and afflicts over 70% of the population.
The Impostor Syndrome is the underlying feeling that you are not as smart, skilled, or talented as people think you are. Itâs a feeling that you are getting away with something and that people will find out you are faking it.
How do you know if you suffer from The Impostor Syndrome? In his new book, The Impostor Syndrome: How to Replace Self-Doubt with Self-Confidence and Train Your Brain for Success, John Graden outlines some possible indicators:
1. Do you sometimes not speak up because you feel people will realize youâre not as smart as they think you are? 2. Do you find it hard to accept praise? 3. Is it difficult for you to take credit for your accomplishments? 4. Do you feel like a fake and fear you are going to be found out soon? 5. Are you a perfectionist who is terrified of making a mistake?
If any of these statements apply to you, you may suffer from The Impostor Syndrome. According to Graden, âThis is the big, unspoken issue that holds so many people back. When people hear about The Impostor Syndrome, the response is always, âOh my God! Thatâs me! You mean thereâs a name for it?â
Experts have different theories on what causes The Impostor Syndrome. Some say itâs psychologically based, while others feel it a cultural phenomenon. Graden says his interest is in helping people to overcome it, just as he did. Graden created the worldsâ largest professional association and trade journal for the martial arts industry, and is widely credited with bringing the industry from the back alley to the boardroom, all while battling The Impostor Syndrome.
Graden says. âI was watching TV many years ago, and I heard Paul Newman say, âI always have this feeling that someone is going to push through the crowd, grab my arm and say, âItâs over Newman.â Itâs all been a mistakeâ¦â I knew right away what he meant because I had the same feeling. It wasnât until 20-years later, when I told that story at a seminar, someone told me that was The Impostor Syndrome.â
Graden now conducts seminars and workshops overcoming the self-doubt associated with The Impostor Syndrome.