Imposter Syndrome –Wilful Submission to Self-doubting

Raghav phoned his old buddy to share good news he’s just got – “Hey Deepak! Raghav this side. Dude I saw your exam’s result. Congratulation, buddy! You cracked it with flying colours!

Taken aback at the news, Deepak answered back “Thanks mate for the news! That’s really great! I never thought I would crack that tough ordeal (exam). Seriously, I never expected this sweet upshot. I think I am lucky to have passed the exam. I thought I won’t make it.

“What are you talking about, man? I know you fared so well because of your talent. Why the hell you bring luck into this? It doesn’t have to do with your success. You earned it.

“No Raghav! Believe me. That’s happened just because of my luck. I was literally hopeless. I am just clueless now if my luck would favour me next time!

and then Raghav heard over the phone the deep sigh, apparently the thin sound of breathing of his old buddy. The conversation, especially the way his old good friend underestimated his talent and attributed his luck to his current success startled him. Raghav had gut feeling that his old pal was in the servitude of IMPOSTER SYNDROME!


No! Imposter syndrome doesn’t mean a syndrome of being someone else. However, the implication with the affected one or the patient (subject) exudes the personality flaw of falseness, duplicity and meek submission to subject’s fate/luck. My familiarity with imposter syndrome is, you know… newfangled! The term never rang my ears until recently when it caught my attention from an internet article. I am a writer, so, everything about the term that I read, believe me – almost got me off the hook!

Glad I was to know about it and saddened I became after realizing how ignorantly I nourished this devious fear inside me. What is imposter syndrome? Is it disease? Is it mental lunacy? Is it psychological disorder? What the hell is it? Well this could be anything or nothing…largely depends on the way you see this.

As outlined, imposter syndrome is someone’s inability to value their own accomplishments/talent. The fear-stricken, luck-driven and “I am a loser, I have no life” type of guys self-doubt themselves, their accomplishments, their talent and everything about them under the stupor/influence of imposter syndrome. Weird? Perhaps! But that weirdness is worldwide. So, you may not stand corrected if you interpret it as a worldwide epidemic. Figuratively, though! For starter – imposter syndrome is psychologically defined to be someone’s inability to internalize his/her accomplishments, or when someone reaches at the mental stage where they self-doubt their own talent, achievements, virtues or personality and academic attributes. The feeling of inadequacy caused by egomania-triggering hormone is the prime suspect of this esoteric psychological disorder.


During the onset of imposter syndrome, the sufferer becomes critically doubtful about his own confidence and talent to cope up with his existing situation. For instance, the sufferer may be exceedingly talented at handling a mathematical problem or he might be having enough pluck to face the large number of audience and deliver speech. However, the imposter-syndrome-affected guy will self-doubt – “What if I fail? People’d mock me.

The irony is, these guys are damn Einstein (genius) in the opinions of their friends, family or perhaps even for the whole world! Their talent may be acknowledged far and wide. However, for them – it’s always questionable! The worst outcome of the syndrome – the patients underrate their own accomplishments achieved out of hard labour. Tend to credit the achievements to unseen lucks.


Yup, that could be the possibility.

In fact, the likelihood of being a nut job fixated and in constant servitude with the lingering thought of having fake-personality is the accentuated sign of the disease in patient. They believe they are fake and their unmasked-self could be ripped off by someone who beats them at their own game! The tendency to attribute accomplishments to luck/destiny/fortune is the potent sign of the mental/psychological disease.

Miracle is the buzzword for them to say the least. For this reason, the sufferers self-doubt whether or not they would succeed next time as they believe luck may not be so merciful second time.


Regardless of not being the acute mental disorder, imposter syndrome, nevertheless, happens to be a curious case for psychologists worldwide. The recent studies suggest imposter syndrome is usually sufferer’s reactionary attitude towards a situation. Speaking otherwise, environmental conditions or surrounding environments could be the case of imposter syndrome in a patient until he/she is not in contact with these environments with strong likelihood of triggering or abetting the episode of the disease.

Tolerance and counter measure for imposer syndrome depends on the personality scale or patient’s capability of tackling the onset of the disease. Strong willed, healthy and positive-minded are too tough guys for these disorders to affect them adversely.

Who’s prone to imposter syndrome?

Could be anyone very successful, in limelight, known by many, seen and acknowledged far and wide. And – the achievers! Though the mainstream studies indicated the growing sign of imposter syndrome in successful women more than their male counterparts. However,recent studies contrarily challenge the mainstream conclusion, saying even males experience the onset of the disorder. In a nutshell, those with inability to deal with their own scepticism and self-doubting egomania are prone to imposter syndrome.

Count me in, too

You know me well. No? Al right! So, my name is Pawan Kumar Jha. I am a writer. I write blogs, articles and topical content over different subjects ranging from real estate, healthcare, technical, non-technical, meditation, spirituality, divinity, psychology etc. Let me reveal that I do have imposter syndrome. I self-doubt, underestimate my talent.

Most opportunities I just blew because of imposter syndrome. I declined job offers promising me relatively better salary package as I underestimated myself and showed pathetically dismissive attitude on my ability. I self-doubted whether I could fit in or not. I am trying hard to recover out of it. For this, I read books of motivational quotients, to realize myself better. Besides, I indulge into activities like morning walk and enough sleep as they were recommended as the strong proponent to help someone fight against imposter syndrome.


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