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What is Imposter syndrome? How does self-doubt affect us?

Dr. Valerie Young has over 40 years of experience in extensive research and interviewing people from all walks of life. She has identified five different types of Imposters which are:

1. The Perfectionist

— the person who focuses on how something is done and the outcome.

2. The Expert

— the person who worries on how much one knows and what they can do. Minor lack of knowledge can bring about shame.

3. The Soloist

— feels they have to do everything on their own otherwise will be considered weak asking for help.

4. The Natural Genius

— focused on the length of time to complete something as the high expectation is one's competency should be able to get it done as soon as possible.

5. The Superwoman / Superman / Superstudent 

— feels any lack of being able to manage many roles is a complete failure whether it be, a combination of work, family, being a parent, social groups and activities, community commitments and the like. 

Some people relate to many or all of these imposter roles. If you can relate to any of these scenarios, it's time to work on shedding the layers of self-doubt which when experienced chronically, is harmful to your spirit.


Honouring and Serving,
Simran K. Rattan MD

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