The term “Imposter Syndrome” has increased in popularity in recent months, but why do some people seem to identify with Imposter Syndrome, and what is it? Imposter syndrome subscribes to the belief that others have more knowledge or skills than they do in a specific area. These individuals are typically high-achievers and, despite their accomplishments, experience feelings of persistent self-doubt or feel like an imposter. Does any of this sound familiar? If so, it is okay.
Some studies on Imposter Syndrome suggest up to eight two percent of people report having thoughts along these lines at some point. Early research on this phenomenon primarily focused on accomplished, high-achieving, successful women. However, later it became clear that imposter syndrome can affect anyone in any profession and from all walks of life.
To gain more clarity on this topic, I spoke with Grounding Expert and Energy Medicine Specialist Amelia Vogler about Imposter Syndrome and how we can combat it.
Amelia works with energy systems to help individuals tap into their natural abilities to heal by using energy as the modality. Amelia strives on limiting the belief such as “I am not enough,” “I’m not worthy,” “I’m unlovable,” which ties into the imposter syndrome. Ameilia helps people identify the limiting patterns haunting them and then grounding them in a more profound and more supportive way. Repattern the belief so they can find an anchor and home for a more supportive self.
Amelia Vogler’s definition of Imposter Syndrome is the inner experience of believing that you are not good enough or feeling fraudulent. It’s more of “I am” than an “I can.” Imposter syndrome gets in the “I am” space as you are judging yourself and then feel like others will judge you. Therefore, it’s really about your relationship with you.
How does this grounding help with imposter syndrome? Amelia says, that listening to the stories that people tell themselves or the stories they have been told, especially between the ages of one and seven, is because those early life experiences build a deep sense of self. So, hearing the patterns of “not good enough,” “not lovable,” “can’t be loved,” etc., these are the undercurrents that sit underneath Imposter Syndrome.
Imposter Syndrome shows up in the workplace centered around the performance of not being good or successful enough. Starting when a child may have been told “you can do better” “you have to do better,” which is like saying “not good enough.” Many with Imposter Syndrome have never been told “it’s okay” when they were little.
Amelia wants you to think of Imposter syndrome as a pattern and not a thing, and perfectionism is the pattern that shows up. One great example is you are in a meeting, and you have all these ideas, but when the time comes for you to speak, you freeze up? You start thinking, “I don’t want to be made fun of,” “I want it to be perfect,” or “I’m an idiot,” “not good enough to speak,” when it might be the best idea in the room.
I asked Amelia Vogler, how do we combat Imposter Syndrome?
Amelia says some of the things we can do outside of seeing a therapist, or someone like her, an energy medicine specialist, is taking some time to get connected to self-love. Ask yourself, how are you in your relationship with yourself? Beyond the scope of your professional life! Are you a good cook? “I’m a good friend.” “I’m a good person,” “I’m an honest person,” and build a connection. Those messages can get louder and louder and start turning things around in your life. She also suggests that when our inner state says I am not enough, rewrite the story. We can’t change what we can’t see. Look at your everyday story.
Amelia has seen Imposter Syndrome affect all genders, races, all social economics, but there is a large population of high performing women who suffer from Imposter Syndrome. It’s the mom that oversees everything. The woman is trying to climb the corporate ladder as a mom.
For individuals looking to determine if they may be suffering from Imposter Syndrome, Amelia says the first step is to get a professional therapist or licensed social worker. However, if you feel this deep daunting of “I am not good enough” or “I never belonged here,” then you can reach out to someone like Amelia, who is a specialist in Energy Medicine.
Final words on Imposter Syndrome: Amelia Vogler wants to remind you that you are here for a reason. We are trying to find our new anchors and recommend being anchored in goodness. Our purpose is not connected to what we create or produce. Our purpose is anchored in the goodness of who we are, then taking goodness out in the world and sharing it. Which helps get you out of some of these self-limiting thoughts. Everyone has something we can contribute to in the world and to the greater good.
Contact Amelia Vogler at www.ameliavogler.com or on social media Instagram: ameliavogler_healing. To learn more about her grounding course, visit www.ameliavogler.com/grounding
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