Where does the inner critic come from?
The inner critic is a term used to describe our negative and self-critical thoughts about ourselves. These thoughts can be triggered by various experiences and influences, and they can be particularly prevalent in situations where we feel vulnerable or under pressure.
Some possible sources of the inner critic include:
- Childhood experiences: The way we were raised and the messages we received from our parents and caregivers can influence the development of our inner critic. For example, if we were frequently criticised or held to high standards as children, we may be more prone to self-doubt and negative self-talk as adults.
- Social and cultural messages: The media and the society we live in often present an idealised image of what it means to be successful, attractive, and worthy. When we compare ourselves to these standards, it can be easy to feel like we fall short and criticise ourselves.
- Perfectionism: If we have a tendency towards perfectionism, we may be tough on ourselves when we make mistakes or don’t meet our own high standards.
Ways to overcome your imposter syndrome at work
Recognize that you are not alone
Impostor syndrome is incredibly common, and it is likely that many of your colleagues and peers have also struggled with these feelings at some point. You are not alone in your self-doubt. If you ask your colleagues or even your boss about their own experience with the imposter syndrome, they will most likely admit struggling with it as well.
2. Reframe your thoughts
Instead of focusing on your perceived flaws or mistakes, try to reframe your thoughts in a more positive light. For example, instead of thinking “I’m not qualified for this job,” try to remind yourself of your skills and achievements.
3.Seek out support.
It can be helpful to talk to someone about your feelings of impostor syndrome, whether it’s a trusted friend, family member, or a mental health professional. Receiving validation and encouragement from others can help to alleviate some of the pressure you may be feeling.
4. Set realistic goals
It’s important to challenge yourself and strive for growth, but it’s also important to set goals that are realistic and achievable. This can help you build confidence and feel more in control of your circumstances.
5. Celebrate your accomplishments
Don’t downplay your successes or brush them off as luck or coincidence. Take the time to celebrate your achievements, no matter how big or small.
How SupportRoom can help
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