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How To Overcome Impostor Syndrome And Stereotype Threat?

  • 16th Jun'21

Impostor Syndrome 

Do you doubt yourself when you get appreciated for your work? 

This feeling of low self-esteem and confidence is “Impostor Syndrome. This is accompanied by success. One of the significant factors that contribute to Impostor syndrome is your background. A 2018 study shows that 70% of the women interviewed suffered from Impostor Syndrome compared to men. The percentage of men was 52%. 

Being an Impostor, you can be good at your tasks. But, you are not an asset to the organization. To beocome one, you need to learn how to deal with Impostor Syndrome. 

Why are you not an asset? 

Because your low self-esteem refrains you from participating in any other activities, fears taking initiatives, and fails to give suggestions. Organizations consider this as a negative trait. So, you are just an average employee who struggles to complete tasks assigned in the given time frame. 

The deeper this black hole of Impostor syndrome drags you in, the more you are prone to another threats. One of them is the Stereotype threat. The other one is Burnout and Impostor Syndrome - The two buggest threats facing remote workers.  


What is a Stereotype Threat? 

While suffering from Stereotype Syndrome, you lose your self-confidence because of the negative stereotypes around you. This is mainly seen in women and especially in women of color. When you are reminded of the stereotypes regularly, you start embracing this behavior. 

Say, when people around you point out that women are not good at calculations, you gradually embrace this behavior. This negative stereotype starts affecting you. You then start making mistakes in calculating, which also includes simple measures. 

study revealed that, during an experiment conducted in a virtual health clinic, Black women in the stereotype threat condition who were strongly identified as Black reported significantly greater anxiety while waiting to see the doctor in the virtual health care setting than all other women. 


How can you overcome this syndrome and threat? 

  • Take these negative stereotypes as a challenge.
  • Reflect more on positive feedback 
  • Ignore self-doubts 
  • Make your voice heard. 
  • Ask Questions 
  • Socialize 


Michele Obama recently opened up about having Impostor syndrome. She said, “It doesn't go away, that feeling that you shouldn't take me that seriously. What do I know? I share that with you because we all have doubts in our abilities, about our power and what that power is.” She further added, “ If I'm giving people hope, then that is a responsibility, so I have to make sure that I am accountable.”


To get more information on this issue, please refer to the link below 

"Impostor Syndrome and Stereotype Threat are very closely knitted to each other. Read More. 


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