Posts in the Psychology category

Impostor Syndrome - and how to turn down the volume on it

Everyone gets impostor syndrome. I get impostor syndrome. Even Neil Gaiman gets impostor syndrome. Even Neil Armstrong gets impostor syndrome - seriously. Check it out.

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. o O ( I'm not really sure what I'm doing here. Shit... they even trust Buzz with the camera more than me. I'm probably going to get fired when I get back to Earth for being incompetent. I don't know why they picked me for this anyway )

Especially me. Most days of the week (working in software, and especially working at Microsoft, which in some corners has a culture of aggressive debate), I'm surrounded by incredibly driven, passionate, smart intellectuals who love to argue.

This can take a huge toll on you. Because it turns the dial on impostor syndrome up to 11. It's very rare that someone can have deep specialist knowledge on everything - and you'll always run across people who know more than you. You can have a bad day. You can meet someone better than you at some things and feel like they're better than you at everything.

You can do things to help with it though. To turn that dial back down to a 3 or a 4 instead of 11. Here's the things I've found that worked for me:

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