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Why Successful, Confident People Still Feel Inferior Or Incapable

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Those who suffer from imposter syndrome tend to operate with a sense of urgency and detest the unknown or unpredictable. These individuals have strong morals and can impulsively initiate inappropriate conversations in order to seek validation from others as a means to tie up any loose ends.

This typically does not end well. The need to control or gain closure only ignites anxiety and can lead to impulsive decisions that again, don’t soothe, but sabotage.

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Understanding these tendencies and patterns is imperative for growth. Beginning to operate with the mentality that we can’t control or predict everything is key. Moving away from the pass/fail mentality and increasing our internal validation will build confidence and the ability to create realistic, empowering expectations.

It is the fear of exposure, failure, and vulnerability that perpetuates the doubt and the anxiety. People are not thinking about you as much as you think they are.

It is helpful to consistently remind yourself to embrace the process and journey that life has in store for you. Remember that the risks, the tumbles, and the hurdles are the things that generate the most growth.

I facilitate 6-week virtual female empowerment groups and will be launching another one in Jan. We will discuss topics such as: Resilience, Imposter Syndrome, Managing Stress and Anxiety, Maintaining Personal/Professional Boundaries, Giving and Receiving Feedback, and Preventing Burnout.

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Written By Leah Marone 
Originally Published On Psychology Today
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Leah Marone LCSW

As a psychotherapist, a former anxiety-ridden Division I athlete, and a mental wellness consultant, Leah Marone strives to not only empower but educate others on how to prioritize and improve their mental health. She received her master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Texas in Austin. Prior to that, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Ball State University where she also played basketball. She has worked with major corporations, athletic teams, nonprofits, and podcasters all over the world. She currently writes for Psychology Today and has been a spotlight speaker at several conferences. Leah is a Midwesterner at heart, but currently lives outside of Charlotte, NC with her husband and two daughters.View Author posts