What to Do When You Feel Like a Fake; Impostor Syndrome in Business

Picture this; you've just landed your first big business contract; family, friends and colleagues are patting you on the back and singing your praises.

On the outside, you're smiling and look to others to be lapping up all the glory.

Yet, on the inside, there is a nagging voice in the back of your head.

It’s saying something along the lines of:

"I can't believe they picked me! I'm not even that smart; other people could do the job better!"

If this sounds familiar, you could be suffering from a psychological phenomenon called Impostor Syndrome.

Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping) is a practical way to face and diminish the symptoms, and often it will also guide you to the root cause of this syndrome.

To understand impostorism, we need to look at three factors.

  • What is impostor phenomenon?
  • Who is affected by it?
  • How can you work through it?


1. What is Impostor Phenomenon?


Impostor syndrome is a deep-seated feeling of inadequacy that your gifts and skills are not worthy of attention, even when all the evidence points to the contrary.

People who encounter this condition report feeling like a fake who is tricking their employees or peers into thinking they are smart and capable.

You may have thoughts like;

“If I were smart, I would understand things quicker, never feel confused, and excel at everything."



2. Who is affected by Impostor Syndrome?


The term Impostor Syndrome was first identified in a 1978 study on high achieving women.

Since then, further research has determined it to be a universal occurrence, meaning people from all backgrounds, races, and genders can identify with it.

It is important to note; impostor syndrome is not only related to childhood events. It can also be attributed to your environment, from the attitude of teachers at school or something that happens in the workplace.


Do I Have Impostor Syndrome?


Are you asking yourself, do I have impostor syndrome?

Quite frankly, success can go hand in hand with fear. It is not uncommon to have doubts about your abilities.

That being said, below are some signs you could be experiencing impostor syndrome:

  • Feeling like a fraud.
  • Can’t accept praise
  • Over the top perfectionism
  • Always comparing yourself to others

If you do identify with the above, even just a little bit, tapping is one tool that can assist you in moving past the impostor phenomenon.


3. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to face down Impostor Syndrome


EFT, a straightforward, acupressure tapping routine, works by calming your nervous system and clearing the negative emotions disrupting your body's energy system.

It is an efficient alternative medicine practice. Many people globally use tapping to overcome fears, restricting beliefs, and emotional blocks.


Why is EFT so useful for the impostor experience?


Firstly, because part of the tapping process is to state your issues out loud, it’s like plucking your problem out of your brain and viewing it in plain sight.

Secondly, tapping on your insecurities releases blocked energy flow, often leading to the underlying cause of why you feel like a fraud.




Impostor syndrome is more than a lack of confidence; it's a deep-rooted mindset.

Many people impacted are unaware, because they keep the toxic notions inside, too ashamed to tell anyone.

By confronting your limiting beliefs and tapping on them, it opens up space to establish new convictions about your skills and talents.

Moreover, you will be free to expand and fully embrace your worth!

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