Imposter syndrome impacts a considerable amount of people, so some good news - you are not alone. Imposter Syndrome is the inability to believe your success is deserved or as the result of your skills and talent.
Sounds awful, doesn't it?
This frame of mind presents itself in a range of ways, and it often associated with feelings of anxiety which can lead to low self-esteem. The leading Expert on Imposter Syndrome Dr. Valerie Young explains there are 5 common profiles :
Someone who feels as if they need to do everything perfectly or else, they've failed. And if they aren't perfect, they have an overwhelming feeling of self-doubt.
Someone who feels as if they're a fraud, either at work or in a relationship, and so they work extra hard to hide their supposed inadequacy. Often, the overload in work or stress of not measuring up is damaging to their mental health.
The Natural Genius
Someone who judges their worth by how easily something comes to...
It's thought that humans can experience as many as 34,000 emotions. This is an incredibly wide range of emotions. It's exhausting even thinking about it.
For many of us the way we feel goes far beyond simple explainers like "happy," "sad" or "angry". We have access to a smorgasbord of emotions day to day (or minute to minute). And with all that activity going on in our brains, it's not surprising that we can struggle to keep a handle on all this activity. If you want to manage an unpleasant feeling, it's critical to introduce self-care habits into your routine. One particularly effective way to do this is by creating self-care goals.
We've collated a list of some of our favourite examples to help you start on this journey:
When you say you feel stressed, what do you mean? Are you overwhelmed? Frustrated? Feeling abandoned? There are loads of emotions moving through our bodies;...
As this year has shown us (over and over), life can throw you some unexpected challenges. Unfortunately, that is true for all of us. While it’s disappointing to know that yes, we will all have to face some uncomfortable moments from time to time, one thing we should find comfort in is the fact that people are incredibly resilient.
Yes, that includes you.
Resilience is the process of effectively coping with adversity; it’s about bouncing back from difficulties and moving forward afterwards. This nifty little trait gives people the strength to tackle problems head-on; to face extreme hardship and keep going on with their lives.
Now, if you’re reading this and thinking, “Oh, well, those people are innately stronger than I am” let us be clear: that’s not true.
Resilience is not a trait that you either have or don’t have. It’s not something static or set in stone at birth. This capacity can be developed, much like a...
As someone who has worked in both the corporate world and in the design world with my fine jewellery brand and then back to my roots of psychology (and clinical hypnotherapy)… the idea of creativity is something I have seen in all my roles.
Recently, my son and I started watching the Netflix series – ‘Blown’ and we have been blown away (sorry for the lack of creativity in my pun). The reality series brings together an eclectic mix of glass blowing talent, and each week one is sadly eliminated. To say their skills are incredible is an understatement - and while you do notice the individuals with more experience - what’s equally impressive is every single person's imagination and interpretation of the brief they are given. Every single glass blower creates something so different - yet creative and unique.
Which got me thinking - is creativity something we are just born with and you either have it or you don’t. When you dig deeper into creative and...
"It’s all in the mind." No truer sentence has ever been spoken. Or, as Buddha put it: “What we think, we become.”
Many a great business leader, celebrity, actor and musician who has made it big seems to swear by the power of visualisation. There’s even a quote by comedian Jim Carey attesting to the power of the mind that has gone viral on social media so many times I wasn’t even sure it was true, until I saw Carey interviewed on The Graham Norton Show, where he explained how he visualised receiving a cheque for $10,000,000 every single day for four years. As it turned out, his first acting pay cheque was exactly that – an incredible $10 million.
Tennis legend Serena Williams meanwhile claims that 70% of her game is in her mind. However, she’s not the only sportsperson to do so – in 2019 Serena was actually defeated at the US Open by 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu, who said post-match: “I’ve been...