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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

7 Successful Women Who Suffer From Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome: 'a false and sometimes crippling belief that one's successes are the product of luck or fraud rather than skill'. 

There's a scene from Bridget Jones that has always struck a chord with me. Surprisingly, it is not the one in which she drowns her sorrows in vodka and Celine Dion (though friends may argue otherwise). Neither is it the instance in which attention is drawn to her frankly ginormous pants. No, the scene that fills my heart with camaraderie is the one in which she enters the Law Council Dinner. She stresses about her arrival, conscious that she may not be of the calibre necessary for such an auspicious event. 'What if someone says, "Bridget Jones, get out of here, you are ridiculous!"?'.

This line encapsulates the fraudulent feeling of impostor syndrome pretty perfectly; that fear that someone is going to point out, quite rightly, that you have absolutely no idea what you're doing. It turns out that Bridget and I are not the only pretenders dreading discovery. Many successful women feel the same way. Women who are heralded for their brilliance still feel secretly undeserving of accolade. They feel like they're faking it long after they've made it.

There's something overwhelmingly comforting in hearing that Maya Angelou thought she was a fraud. MAYA ANGELOU! One of the most well-known poets in the world thought she was faking success. Knowing that people you look up to feel a similar way is pretty freeing. It shatters the illusion that one must have unwavering confidence in one's talent to succeed. It gives you a little assurance that it's okay to doubt yourself sometimes. It certainly doesn't make you incapable of great things.

7 Crazy Successful Women Who Suffer From Impostor Syndrome:

1 // Meryl Streep

'You think, "Why would anyone want to see me again in a move? And I don't know how to act anyway, so why am I doing this?"

2 // Sheryl Sandberg

'Every time I was called on in class, I was sure that I was about to embarrass myself. Every time I took a test, I was sure that it had gone badly. And every time I didn't embarrass myself - or even excelled - I believed that I had fooled everyone yet again. One day soon, the jig would be up...'

3 // Kate Winslet

'Sometimes I wake up in the morning before going off to a shoot, and I think, I can't do this. I'm a fraud.'

4 // Renee Zellweger

'Sometimes I wake up at night and go, "Oh, damn! Here we go again! What were they thinking? They gave me this role; don't they know I'm faking it?"

5 // Michelle Pfeiffer

'I still think people will find out that I'm really not very talented. I'm really not very good. It's all been a big sham.'

6 // Jodie Foster

'When I won the Oscar, I thought it was a fluke. I thought everybody would find out, and they'd take it back. They'd come to my house, knocking on the door, "Excuse me, we meant to give that to someone else. That was going to Meryl Streep.'

7 // Maya Angelou

'I have written eleven 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.'"


1 comment

  1. For some reason this post helped me so much! Thanks girl!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com


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