Forbes: A Psychologist Teaches You How To Turn Self-Doubt Into Career Rocket Fuel
06 Nov 2022
A healthy dose of self-doubt can be a game-changer when it comes to advancing your career.
Originally found at Forbes
Many people come to therapy questioning their competence at work. They ask questions like:
- “Although my performance consistently indicates otherwise, I often feel I’m the least qualified member of my team. How can I stop feeling like a fraud?”
- “I take up the most basic projects because I fear I won’t live up to my team’s expectations on the more challenging ones. How can I develop more confidence in my abilities?”
- “Interviews scare me because I am not very good at convincing myself or others that I am good at what I do. This is stunting my professional growth. Why is it that I doubt myself so much?”
- “My boss expects too much of me. I worry so much about letting them down that I’m starting to lose sleep over it. What do I do about this?”
In a survey conducted in 2021, global online sampling technology firm InnovateMR found that imposter syndrome, or the unsubstantiated belief that you are not as good at your job as others think you are, affects 65% of the workforce today. According to the survey, women are more likely to be victims of this belief than men.
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