Imposter Syndrome: It’s Legit

I was honored to be a guest blogger for Eating Disorders Blogs this month and happy to repost the article here:

Imposter Syndrome: It’s Legit

When my clients are moving into a more recovered space, they often struggle with the concept of Imposter Syndrome, plagued by disbelief and surrealness . . . Am I really this recovered? Am I to the place where I can legitimately inspire others? Did I seriously get through that birthday celebration without struggling? According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, Imposter Syndrome is:

a term coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Dr. Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes referring to high-achieving individuals marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.

It’s not uncommon for people to really dig deep to achieve something in their lives (and yes, recovery is an achievement) and then be in awe and surprise that they actually made it the other side. So, what does someone do when they’re caught up in Imposter Syndrome? Here are three ideas to get you started.

–Give yourself permission to fully own it. Repeat it to yourself. Literally. Get it ingrained that YES! You are in recovery!

–Be self-compassionate. Allow yourself adjustment time. Be gentle with this new part of the process. It takes some getting use to when you’ve been working hard (many of you for years) and now you’re on the recovered side of the experience.

–Relish in the non-eating disorder freedom. Acknowledge it. Fully recognize those recovered moments that you would have never engaged in years ago.
Above all else, continue to be vigilent with your self-care. That’s important for all of us, no matter where we are with our struggles in life. Self-care is a protective act for your recovered self and it is only going to continue to serve you in your life and well-being.


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Karin Lawson

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