Imposter Syndrome & Other Self-Esteem Issues—The Personal Side

Self-esteem is something adults rarely talk about. Yet, it is an important part of our mental health.  What you think and feel about yourself—your talents and abilities—largely impacts your life choices and your success. 

I believe strongly in the power of spoken words. And, I have seen time and time again the power spoken words have over people. If you have been told by people you deem important (think mom, dad, etc.) that you are not important or will not be successful, you will probably believe it. And, this belief may influence your life choices and even your ability to be successful. 

It is essential for each of us to examine what we believe about ourselves and where our beliefs come from. Sometimes, people will say things to us that we hold onto for years that have no real value.  For example, a child can struggle in math and be told s/he is not good at it, only to discover years later that they s/he is great at math, but just needed extra support to start.

Self-reflection is imperative for healing and success. I challenge you to take inventory of what you believe about your abilities and where these beliefs come from. Much of the time, we believe things about ourselves that are old perceptions and/or untrue altogether.

If you are experiencing imposter syndrome, that is absolutely normal. If you continue to experience it, there are deeper issues to address. I would like to propose that imposter syndrome is often rooted in negative thought patterns that must be examined, uprooted and transformed.

If you are experiencing feelings of doubt or uncertainty related to your abilities or future, we can help.  Our trained and experienced psychotherapists are here to support you. Please contact Life Enhancement Counseling Services today at 407-443-8862 to schedule an appointment. 


Yolanda Brailey