Is the artist’s imposter syndrome driving you to failure?

No matter how successful you are, you may have felt like a fraud at some point in your life.

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the imposter syndrome before. It’s that feeling of self-doubt and insecurity that can plague anyone, but is especially common among artists. If you’re struggling with this issue you’re definitely not alone. In this story, we’ll explore what imposter condition is, how it can impact your career as an artist, and what you can do to overcome it.

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You probably already know what we are talking about, but here is a brief description of what this syndrome is:

Impostor syndrome, also known as impostor phenomenon or impostorism, is a psychological occurrence in which an individual doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.

Langford, Joe; Clance, Pauline Rose (Fall 1993). “The impostor phenomenon: recent research findings regarding dynamics, personality and family patterns and their implications for treatment”

The imposter syndrome is especially prevalent in the art world, because there’s so much talent out there. It’s easy to feel like you’re not good enough when you’re surrounded by people who are better than you. And it’s easy to start doubting your talent when you don’t see your work being accepted or appreciated.

Some thoughts that can help you to overcome this syndrome

If you’re an artist who is struggling with the imposter syndrome, I want you to know that you’re not alone. I’ve been there myself, and I know how debilitating it can be. But I also know that it’s possible to overcome it and to find success.

“Why are you giving me all this attention when for years I was the last person in the room?”

J.K.Rowling, A year in her life

1. Remember that everyone feels like an imposter sometimes

It’s normal to feel like an imposter sometimes, We’ve all been there.
That feeling like we’re not good enough, that everyone around us is more qualified than we are and people around us are overestimating our capabilities. It’s normal to feel like an imposter sometimes. Even the most successful people have moments where they doubt themselves. That’s normal!
What’s important is how you deal with those feelings.
If you find yourself doubting your abilities, take a step back and remind yourself of your accomplishments.
Write down a list of things you’ve achieved, no matter how small. And next time you’re feeling like an imposter, refer to that list and remind yourself that you are capable and you have what it takes. Everyone feels like an imposter sometimes, but it’s how we deal with those feelings that makes all the difference.


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