The Imposter Syndrome

I only recently became aware that psychologists have a label for this phenomena, where people feel a vague sense of shame about themselves.

Psychologists couch it for specific circumstances. For example, it’s the small insecurity that many feel about their competency in a job, or adequacy in a relationship, as in “I’m not good enough and people will find out..”–kind of thing.

But I see it more broadly. The small feeling of doubt or shame that you feel comes from the feeling that you are not who present yourself as, and there is the fear that you will be found out.

It’s not a delusion. It’s real. Because you really are not who you think you are. You’re not the ego.

3 thoughts on “The Imposter Syndrome

  1. Nitin Panchal

    Namaste Kaushikbhai,

    After long time read your article.
    Who am I?
    What other thinks who you are ? your face to them.
    or what you THINK you are ?
    or what you stand for it when fear & ego play the tricks ?
    Isn’t the fear & ego playing the culprit game in opposite directions, fear want to surrender, give in, submerge and Ego want to fight, prove the point & want to win it?
    Are mankind not using the wisdom to use these two quality based on situation and take benefit of it. I think history proves that.
    Bottom line is that your well being and happiness without hurting others and its hard to find happy medium in today’s society and ever changing world.
    One’s life is depend on all of factors where he does not have control of it and when one is linked it to others his/her life has lesser control, means less freedom of being yourself, now “who you think you are” getting different faces. Therefor we all have so many faces and we even confused which is mine…..hahahaha

    Nitin Panchal

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Namaste Nitinbhai,

      Yes, it’s been a long time. I haven’t been writing much–I feel that beyond self-observation and self-honesty, I don’t know what else to say. As you say, the journey is unique for each.

      “…your well-being and happiness with hurting others…”–that sounds like a great way to live!


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