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Keywords: imposter syndrome, women, socialisation, upbringing, societal expectations, digital wellbeing, social media, self-compassion, support, achievements, statistics, executive coaching.
Author: Mylan Holland
Summary: This blog discusses imposter syndrome and its effects on women due to societal expectations and upbringing. It provides tips for overcoming imposter syndrome. Additionally, it mentions statistics on imposter syndrome and introduces EQuest Asia’s specialised coaching for women.
The Imposter Syndrome: Are Women More Prone?
Do you ever feel like you are not good enough? Are you afraid that you might be exposed as a fraud, despite your accomplishments? If yes, then you might be experiencing the imposter syndrome. Imagine this, you are sitting in a meeting with your colleagues, and you feel like you are the only one who doesn’t belong there. You feel like you are not smart enough, not experienced enough, or not qualified enough to be in the room. This feeling is not uncommon, especially among women.
Imposter Syndrome and Women
According to research, women are more likely to experience the imposter syndrome than men. A study conducted by KPMG found that 75% of women experience imposter syndrome at some point in their careers, compared to 58% of men. The reasons behind this disparity are complex. Some of the factors include socialisation, upbringing, and societal expectations. Young girls are often raised to be perfect, while boys are encouraged to take risks and be confident. This can lead to girls growing up with self-doubt and the feeling that they are not good enough.
Impact of Imposter Syndrome on Women
Imposter syndrome can have a significant impact on women’s career choices and advancements. It can lead to self-doubt, anxiety, and stress, resulting in decreased job satisfaction and productivity. Women who experience imposter syndrome may avoid taking on new challenges and opportunities or may feel undeserving of promotions and recognition. This can ultimately hinder their career growth and opportunities. It is important to be aware of the effects of imposter syndrome and take steps to overcome it.
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Overcoming the imposter syndrome is not easy, but it is possible. Here are some tips that can help:
- Practice self-compassion: Be kind and gentle with yourself. Treat yourself like you would treat a friend.
- Avoid social media life lies: Remember that what you see on social media is not always real. Don’t compare your life to someone’s highlight reel.
- Limit screen time: Take breaks from social media and technology to help ground yourself and focus on your own growth and progress. Spend time doing activities that make you feel good.
- Embrace your accomplishments: Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they may seem.
- Seek support: Talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling. You are not alone.
Statistics and Research
- 75% of women experience imposter syndrome at some point in their careers, compared to 58% of men (KPMG)
- 70% of people have experienced imposter syndrome at some point in their lives (International Journal of Behavioural Science)
- Imposter syndrome is more prevalent among high achievers and minority groups (Harvard Business Review)
- A recent study published in the Journal of Vocational Behaviour found that imposter syndrome is associated with reduced career decision-making self-efficacy in women. (Journal of Vocational Behaviour)
The imposter syndrome is a real phenomenon that affects many people, especially women. It is essential to prioritise our digital wellbeing and practice self-compassion to avoid falling into the trap of comparison and self-doubt. Remember, you are not alone, and seeking support is a sign of strength.
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