How to conquer impostor syndrome

Scoring the job is not always the confidence boost you'd expect. Many people in the arts suffer from crippling self-doubt that drains time, talent and emotional energy. We've compiled the ultimate guide to defeating impostor syndrome.

When starting a new job, launching an exhibition or winning a prize, do you bask in the glory of the achievement?

Or do you secretly find that there has been some kind of mistake, that you are a fraud who has skirted by, your true lack of talent undetected by those around you?

If so, you are in good company. Such experiences are common and often referred to as impostor feelings or ‘impostor syndrome’ – internal feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt that persist despite overwhelming evidence of an individual’s abilities.

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Madeleine Dore
About the Author
Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator