belong in the same space as their white counterparts, or feeling as if they don’t “measure up.”
The seed of imposter syndrome may also be planted during childhood. Some parents drill their young Black daughters on the art of perfection because they believe that this is the only path that will lead her to success. In my book, Woman, Take Off Your Cape!, I discuss how wearing the symbolic “cape of perfection” is detrimental to a woman’s physical, mental and spiritual health. The cape of perfection will have you feeling that nothing you do is good enough, and it can deceive those who care about you into thinking that you’re perfectly put together.
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
To overcome imposter syndrome, one must be honest with his or herself about the person that matters the most in life, YOU! Remember these points on your journey to overcoming imposter syndrome:
- Aiming for perfection is a sure path to imposter syndrome, anxiety and/or depression. Remember, you won’t achieve perfection, but a favorable result is likely!
- Don’t measure your success against others. Those certifications, that degree, that title—YOU earned it!
- You will have failures! Learn from them and move forward!
- It’s a fact that you possess talents, strengths and abilities that others value! Embrace them!