When a client suffers from impostor syndrome, they can get locked in a cycle of questioning their abilities and downplaying their achievements.
And instead of recognizing their success and building confidence to pursue their goals, they may shy away from opportunities and live in fear of being “found out.”
So in the video below, Kelly McGonigal, PhD, shares a simple intervention that can help clients use even one small success as a springboard to feeling more secure in their abilities.
Have a listen.
Working with impostor syndrome can be difficult. So it’s important to have strategies that can challenge a client’s mindset without invalidating their experience or fueling their self-doubt.
If you found this video helpful, you can see even more practical exercises that can help you effectively work with impostor syndrome right here.
Now we’d like to hear from you. Do you have a client who’s suffering from impostor syndrome? How might you put this technique into practice? Please leave a comment below and let us know.
(If you’d like to know more about the study Kelly mentioned in the video, the citation is listed below.)
Zunick, P. V., Fazio, R. H., & Vasey, M. W. (2015). Directed abstraction: Encouraging broad, personal generalizations following a success experience. Journal of personality and social psychology, 109(1), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspa0000027
If you found this helpful, here are a few more resources you might be interested in:
Tara Brach, PhD, and How to Work with Chronic Self-Judgement
A Compassion-Focused Approach to Self-Critical, Negative Thoughts
Working with Clients Who Feel “Never Good Enough”
How to Reframe a Client’s Relationship with an Inner Critic
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