What Happens to those Who Feel Their Success is Undeserved?

Some people really do feel like their success is undeserved, and self-sabotage as a result.

(Scientific American Mind) Great Pretenders: People Who Feel Their Success Is Undeserved

People who experience the “impostor phenomenon” believe their successes are undeserved—and they live in constant fear of being unmasked.

Some people feel like they have fooled everyone into thinking they are smarter or more competent than they really are, despite consistently performing well and garnering praise.

This feeling of being an impostor is related to but not fully explained by depression, social anxiety and low self-esteem. It may be more common in women. To break the cycle of self-doubt and self-sabotage, people must learn how to give themselves credit for their achievements as well as take constructive criticism about their mistakes and failures.

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Also see Are You Your Worst Enemy?, The New ‘Quarter Life’ Crisis, What Makes People Powerful? and What Does Your Group Do to You?

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