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1 week ago
Marc de Bruin

Here's the video made after my post regarding the upside of experiencing Impostor Syndrome. Same content, slightly different wording!
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The Impostor Syndrome: the belief that we are actually not as good as others think we are; that we are somehow a "fraud", and shouldn't been seen as "competent" -because we're really not.

Many people suffer from a level of impostor syndrome, and most describe it as being a horrible thing to experience.

Positive Psychology research (discussed in Adam Grant's book "Think Again") suggests that there could actually be benefits to having a level of doubt in your own capability/competence. So much so, that the impostor syndrome could be the reason why you are so good at what you do, and could be a good "friend".

This video discusses THREE benefits of having doubts regarding our own competence and abilities, which may change your perspective on this blessing in disguise.

youtu.be/NF_1Jx4bxe0

#counselling #counsellor #impostorsyndrome #positivepsychology #adamgrant #thinkagain
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1 week ago
Marc de Bruin

Impostor Syndrome. Many people "feel the pain" when they see these words; women -statistically- especially.

Positive Psychology research, relayed in Adam Grant's brilliant book "Think Again", suggests that "healthy" impostor syndrome could actually be a good thing!

Three reasons why this could be so.

1) When we have impostor thoughts, we generally work harder than our counterparts who claim to be confident, as we feel the "drive" to keep going until things are done.

2) When we feel we are an impostor, we generally work smarter, "outside the box", and are more open to re-thinking our strategies.

3) Feeling like an impostor can make us better learners, as we are willing to acquire more knowledge and skills, and are open to be "intellectually humble" (i.e. acknowledging we don't know certain things).

As I always say to clients: every downside has an upside, as long as we are willing to look for it, and acknowledge its existence.

Having felt like an impostor plenty of times in both my legal and mental health careers, I wholeheartedly subscribe to this Positive Psychology suggestion!

#positivepsychology #impostorsyndrome #intellectualhumility #adamgrant #thinkagain
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1 month ago
Marc de Bruin

Every psychopath is a narcissist; not every narcissist is a psychopath.

Psychopaths are born; sociopaths are made.

Fascinating stuff.

youtu.be/6dv8zJiggBs

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