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Gabriel Pedroza
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Breaking Down Imposter Syndrome 🐣

Hey hey! How are ya? No... how really are you👂 I feel like posting this is genuinely important and I hope this post can spread like wild-fire because it should be heard amongst everyone, including programmers🥸 Let's start to absolutely break down imposter syndrome together‼️

What the f*¢# is Imposter Syndrome?

By definition, imposter syndrome is described by the following: Doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. Many question whether they're deserving of accolades. credit Basically, it just makes you feel like you're not enough.

Who and When was the term, Imposter Syndrome, created?

The term was first used by psychologists Suzanna Imes and Pauline Rose Clance in the 1970s. When the concept of IS was introduced, it was originally thought to apply mostly to high-achieving women. Since then, it has been recognized as more widely experienced. credit Hmmmm, it was originally thought that it started from high-achieving women. But wait... isn't that sort of oxymoronic? High-achieving people feeling phony? Does 🍀 or something uncontrollable really play the entirety of your career?

How can we avoid this stupid thing?

Well let's be honest, we can do some exercises and try to think differently in ourselves but that likely won't get rid of it long-term. Why change the way you are? I personally don't believe that we should avoid it but actually embrace it. Before you report me, let me explain😆 It's a wonderful and horrible feeling but we are human. We want to achieve the most and have to-die-for accomplishments so having that feeling in the back of our mind is ensuring us that our dreams and aspirations are gargantuan. Some days, it can get very melancholic and statistically speaking, 7-10 people have this feeling once or multiple times throughout their lives so having an off day is okay. Take breaks, enjoy yourself, and one day, I'll ask for your autograph😊

“I have written 11 books, but each time I think, ‘uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.” Civil rights activist, author, poet and Nobel Laureate - Maya Angelou

“There are an awful lot of people out there who think I’m an expert. How do these people believe all this about me? I’m so much aware of all the things I don’t know.” Forbes ranked Dr. Chan as 2013’s thirtieth most powerful woman in the world - Dr. Margaret Chan

“The greatest obstacle for me has been the voice in my head that I call my obnoxious roommate. I wish someone would invent a tape recorder that we could attach to our brains to record everything we tell ourselves. We would realize how important it is to stop this negative self-talk. It means pushing back against our obnoxious roommate with a dose of wisdom.” Author, syndicated columnist, co-founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of fifteen books - Arianna Huffington

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