08 Jun When A Writer Gets the “Imposter Syndrome”
It is real. I don’t know what “people” think, but I have learnt by experience that 9 out of 10 people out there suffer from the imposter syndrome without knowing it.
“Imposter Syndrome” is just the psychiatrist jargon for feeling like you are not as good as others think you are.
“A psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.”—Psychology Today
What you need to address this is not an appointment with a therapist, but a nice, heart-to-heart talk with yourself.
The thing is, when a writer gets the imposter syndrome, it is like a rut, because there is no “rational” way to prove to yourself that you really are that good. Everything is subjective. And others’ opinions is not something which you want to build your self image on.
It is true that there are few good writers out there, but the ones who suffer from the imposter syndrome are not the ones who are not good. It is always people who are actually great at what they do who suffer from this occasional feeling like they are “fakes.”
So the approach to address this needs to be non rational. It means you need to trust yourself, beyond the noise of those around you–physically or virtually–and know that you did not get this far “just like that.” Setbacks or problems are ways to strengthen your trust on yourself, not weaken it. Because what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.