This great post from Denise shows why we as creative people suffer from self doubt and she explains why we must overcome it.
Recently, I stumbled across the term Impostor Syndrome, or Fraud Syndrome, and was surprised by the number of successful writers who experience this phenomenon. Clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes identified impostor syndrome in 1978, as feelings of fraud and self-doubt suffered mainly by high-achieving individuals. Despite their success, the person believes they don’t deserve recognition and a nagging, crippling fear of exposure as a fraud persists. Continually comparing themselves to other writers, they battle ongoing negativity.
- I’m not a real writer.
- Why would anyone care what you have to say?
- Sooner or later, they’ll find out you have no clue what you’re doing.
- Who do you think you are?”
And so on and so on . . .
This syndrome affects both men and women equally. High-achievers in every walk of life may feel at any moment their cloaked abilities will be unveiled as a talentless fraud, their…
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