Why (worldly) Successful People Often Feel Like Frauds?

Businessinsider.coom: A lucky (or perhaps irritating) few of us are seemingly born with swagger, but for the vast majority of people, confidence and ease comes with practice and accomplishment.

But even being at the height of your career is no guarantee you’ll feel comfortable in your own professional skin – imposter syndrome is common even for those at the top, experts say.

“There are high-achieving celebrity impostor syndrome sufferers including Tina Fey, Maya Angelou and Sheryl Sandberg, who have all openly admitted to feeling like an impostor at some point during their careers,” wrote Caroline Dowd-Higgins recently on The Huffington Post. If the likes of Facebook’s COO suffers from occasionally feeling like she’s faking it, no wonder so many young careerists experience imposter syndrome (women are more likely to suffer than men).

So stop feeling bad about it. It turns out not only are there ways to manage your feelings of being an imposter, but the worry about being unmasked as a fraud actually has upsides.

Surf Your Imposter Syndrome

The most immediate question for imposter syndrome sufferers is, how do I make it stop?

That’s the wrong question, according to Down-Higgins. She suggests instead riding out your feelings of being a fake. In her post, she quotes Dr. Valerie Young, author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer From the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive In Spite of It, who advises that “when you feel yourself sliding into competence extremism, recognize it for what it is. Then make a conscious decision to stop and really savor those exhilarating mental high points and forgive yourself for the inevitable lulls.”

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