Imposter Syndrome and Hypnosis Tools

Dr. Will Horton

Have you ever heard about imposter syndrome? Do you know how it affects someone’s life badly? No matter what is their social status, work background, level of skills, profession, or degree of expertise? How it helps someone suffering from this condition? Let’s move to history

It was first recognized by psychologists named Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes in a research paper in 1978. Imposter syndrome refers to when you are internally believing that you are not as competent and intelligent as others are. They first thought that it is only applied to high society high-class women’s but unfortunately after deep study, it is proved that it is applied to those who is failed to take credit for their success.

Those who believe that their success is due to luck not due to their qualification, their struggle behind success, and their talent. There are different techniques to deal with and get rid of imposter syndrome. After deep studies are finding that one of the best ways to get rid of this is with the help of hypnosis. Indeed, more and more people are moving towards hypnotherapy to help those people to manage it.

Some hypnotic tools might help you to deal with. We must know more about the syndrome and how it affects people mentally.

What Is Impostor Syndrome?

Imposter syndrome is also known as fraud is a psychological pattern in which a person doubts their abilities. It is also defined as a “collection of feelings of insufficiency and deficiency.” in which a person feels like a fake, fraud, self-doubt, overachieving and somehow, he doesn’t deserve performance no matter how much he is succeeded in his life.

Since Clance and Imes first recognized it, a range of symptoms have been identified, including the following:

Figure 1: Range of Imposter Syndrome

In somehow people with a syndrome take part in activities just to make sure that they are not disappointed.

According to the folks at A person who is suffering from imposter syndrome can motivate some sufferers to achieve their goal but he doesn’t feel others that he is mentally anxious and he is trying to hide his feelings of disappointment and anxiety. They don’t apply for new jobs or opportunities as they didn’t find any motivation. But the problem is how much they are performing well, or doing something outstanding, but it doesn’t change their state of mind and what they believe. Because they don’t talk about what they are feeling, but internally they are growing anxiety that leads them to depression.

So why does hypnosis for imposter syndrome make sense?

The syndrome isn’t recognized in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders from the American Psychiatric Association) or the ICD (International Classifications for Disease).it is proved that over 70% of the world are facing this. There is no need for medical treatment for the person who is facing this problem.

But the question is why people are facing this problem? What is the actual cause of imposter syndrome? How to get rid of this problem? How to overcome it?

Some researchers say that you might come from a highly achieved family that value high achievements. Researchers believe that it might come from the background where they were applauded and condemn in an equal manner. Taking a new role can trigger imposter syndrome, as he thinks that he is not capable of doing anything or he feels like he doesn’t belong to this. In a new environment, he thinks that it is difficult to adjust to a new environment maybe he is self-conscious being a new kid.

Who Is Affected by Imposter Syndrome?

Imposer syndrome appears in many different ways and has many personality traits. A few of them are listed below:

Figure 2: Personality Trait of People with Imposter Syndrome

  1. The Perfectionist

These are the people who are not satisfied that they have done and what they are doing and how much they are struggling. They always feel that their work could be better and instead of focusing on strengths, they reprove themselves for even the smaller mistakes. This may cause tension which may lead to depression among colleagues.

  • The Expert

These types of individuals have an ocean of knowledge and always wanted to learn more and more but are not satisfied with their skills and certificates. Even though they have plenty of knowledge and skills but they always underrate their expertise. They will refuse to take a project unless they are sure they have all the skills regarding that project.

  • The Natural Genius

These types of individuals are naturally competent as they are good at what they are doing. While facing a difficult task they can’t deal with right away if they fail on the first try they feel crushed.

  • The Soloist

These types of people are preferring to do work alone. They refuse to ask for help from anyone else and see it as their, they reject offers of assistance.

  • The Superman / Superwoman

Such type of individuals is really hard working and always push themselves to work as hard as it can be. They need deadlines from others to accomplish a task no matter how hard work is to be done. They have done a good job and need to succeed in all areas where they are working and living.

Over the years, there are many ways and methods to deal with imposter syndrome, including group therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), self-esteem building, and reframing. Imposter syndrome is related to other psychological disorders, including stress, depression, and anxiety. The feelings experienced by a person who is suffering from imposter syndrome tend to go in rhythm. The more the person achieves, the more they feel they don’t achieve and they don’t deserve it.

It is observed in my situation where people interact. But especially noticed in like: 

  • Work environment
  • A new or unfamiliar environment
  • A social platform in which new relationships are being formed
  • A family setting with high expectations
  • The academic environment 

5 NLP & Hypnotic Tools to Help Your Subject Overcome the Condition:

There are 5 hypnosis tools available with brief explanations about how they might be used. These tools help anyone to deal with the sufferer. These tools include:

1. Swish

In this technique, you have to ask a lot of questions to your client and you have to extract all the information from the client about themselves and feed it back to them in a positive way. It’s a method in which we motivate our clients and try to rebuild their confidence level. During this technique, we feed our clients with positive ends and let them re-attain their skills, confidence level, self-motivation, and successes.

2. Covert Hypnosis

This method mainly focuses on the client’s beliefs and ideas as a symbol of reality. When a client’s limiting ideas and beliefs are holding them and don’t let them face problems, you can use the MBL technique to let them think hard about their beliefs and ideas, help them to extract all the faults in their thinking. This technique mainly focuses on problems rather than the solution.

3. NLP Self Love

In this method, we teach our clients and try to rebuild confidence. By using this method to teach our clients that they can see themselves through the eye’s of love. We teach them that unconscious minds can experience great things and always has well as the heart. This tool focuses on physical experiences, feelings, and real people as symbols.

4. New Behavior Generator

NBGI plays an important and influential role in someone’s life while focuses on solutions rather than the problem. When a provider are creating models images, models that provide some support or may delay the communication process between individuals. That model  is the symbol of something that gives hope and positive emotions.

5. Visual Squash

Visual Squash refers to integrate something. This tool involves two disagreed ideas coming together to help your client to attain their goal. But each has its value and represents a symbol. An example would be someone who wants to study but on the other hand, he likes to laze on the bed. Bringing these values together will help your sufferer to resolve their disagreed ideas.

Conclusion and Key Takeaways

As we deeply studied imposter is based on anxiety and depression rather than independent facts. A person suffering from imposter syndrome might also face other signs. For example: 

  • Self-doubt
  • Lack of confidence
  • Negative self-talk
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Sabotaging their success
  • Comparing abilities with others
  • Doubt on your abilities

These things make your work harder and will control your mind. But as Valerie young says it’s okay to have imposter moments, but not to have an imposter life.”

Where the NLP &  hypnosis for imposter syndrome can help your client to regain their confidence level and identify their abilities by using tools.