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Imposter syndrome has been linked to anxiety and low self-esteem, but it can actually make you better at your job.

According to a new study, people with imposter syndrome who are less confident at work have better interpersonal skills, which can lead to a better employee.

Imposter syndrome is the belief that one’s success in life is not earned or achieved through luck, rather than through one’s efforts or skills.

People who suffer from the syndrome tend to see themselves as an ‘impostor’ and fear that everyone else will realize it at any moment.

Imposter syndrome – an inability to believe that your success is earned or achieved as a result of your own efforts or skills – may have interpersonal benefits in the workplace, reports a psychologist at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Mass. image). of a woman with imposter syndrome)

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter syndrome is the persistent inability to believe that your success is earned or achieved as a result of your own efforts or skills.

It is often associated with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and self-sabotage and other traits, according to Thomas Jefferson University.

People with imposter syndrome tend to think that their achievements in life are the result of luck or circumstances, or other factors.

It affects people both in the workplace and in the classroom.

While imposter syndrome is not a clinical diagnosis, it is known as a “largely universal fear” experienced by many at work.

The psychological phenomenon was first posited in an article published in 1978, which noted the impostor syndrome in women “despite outstanding academic and professional achievements.”

The new study was conducted by Basima Tewfik, a psychologist at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts and published in the Academy of Management Journal.

“The prevailing wisdom portrays the impostor phenomenon as harmful,” she says in her research paper.

“In this work, I try to rebalance the existing conversation about this phenomenon by emphasizing that it can also have interpersonal benefits.”

Tewfik called imposter syndrome a “silver edge that does contribute to success in some ways.”

“People with impostor syndrome were actually the ones you’d want to work with,” she told New Scientist.

For the study, Tewfik measured levels of impostor syndrome in 155 employees of an investment consultancy in the US.

The participants were presented with written statements such as ‘At work, others think I have more knowledge or skills than I think’ and were asked to rate the extent to which these thoughts were true for them.

Tewfik then turned to each participant’s work supervisor to see if they saw their co-worker differently.

Supervisors rated the participants’ performance and interpersonal skills by rating the extent to which they agreed with statements such as ‘this employee creates effective working relationships with colleagues’.

Tewfik found that employees with impostor syndrome were rated as having better interpersonal skills than more confident colleagues and considered equally competent.

IMPOSTER SYNDROME COMES A LOT BELOW HIGH PERFORMANCE IN MED SCHOOL

According to a 2021 study published in the journal Family Medicine, imposter syndrome is common among high achievers in medical school.

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University examined imposter syndrome in 257 college students using a validated research tool called the Clance Imposter Phenomenon (IP) Scale.

87 percent of an incoming class reported a high or very high rate of imposter syndrome.

Higher student IP scores were associated with lower self-compassion, sociability, self-esteem, and higher neuroticism/anxiety scores.

Therefore, a high CIP score among undergraduate students may be an indicator of future risk of experiencing mental health problems during medical school.

Employees who were more likely to have delusional syndrome thoughts were rated by their superiors as “interpersonally more effective” because they adopt a more “other-oriented orientation,” she said.

At the same time, thoughts about imposter syndrome can encourage those who have them to “self-disability”—in other words, not really help themselves when it comes to doing their job the best they can.

In a second experiment, Tewfik determined levels of imposter syndrome in doctors in training and tested them with fake patients.

Physicians with higher levels of the syndrome were more likely to make statements recognizing a patient’s pain, ask follow-up questions, nod, use open hand gestures and eye contact, and speak in a receptive, pleasant tone, New reports. Scientist.

This suggests that people with impostor syndrome in all kinds of occupations – not just those in offices – unconsciously try to compensate for their ‘self-perceived incompetence’ by being personable and easy-going.

Tewfik stresses, however, that her findings don’t mean having imposter syndrome is a good thing.

“There’s no neat takeaway of ’embrace your deceitful thoughts!’ because we know there are downsides to your well-being,” she said.

“I think we’re now trying to figure out how to reduce the anxiety that comes from that so we can fully embrace the interpersonal benefits.”

People with imposter syndrome tend to think that their achievements in life are the result of luck or circumstances, or other factors (stock image)

People with imposter syndrome tend to think that their achievements in life are the result of luck or circumstances, or other factors (stock image)

Brigham Young University researchers previously found that if you suffer from imposter syndrome, it’s best to contact friends and family outside of the workplace or, in the case of a college student, your academic superior.

“Those outside the social group seem to be able to help students see the big picture and recalibrate their peer groups,” said Jeff Bednar, a management professor at BYU.

“After seeking support outside of their social group, students are able to understand themselves more holistically rather than being so focused on what they felt that they were missing in just one area.”

UP TO 1 IN 5 PEOPLE SUFFER IMPOSTER SYNDROME AND DON’T BELIEVE THEY CAN DO THEIR JOB EVEN HOW THEY PERFORM WELL, STUDY FINDS

According to a 2019 study, 20 percent of people suffer from imposter syndrome, despite performing well on the job.

Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers had interviewed students in elite academic programs in hopes of finding out what people with imposter syndrome could cope with.

To combat these negative feelings, researchers have suggested “reaching out” with friends and family outside of the workplace — as they help people with imposter syndrome see the bigger picture.

When students ‘contacted’ others within their major, their sense of being a scammer increased.

However, if the student “contacted” family and friends outside their major, or even professors, the perception of being scammed diminished.

Although the study was conducted with university students, researchers believe their findings could be applied to the workplace.

The research has been published in The Journal of Vocational Behavior.

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