How to tackle imposter syndrome and ‘modern racism’

It’s not unusual for black people and those from ethnic minority backgrounds to feel they don’t belong in certain workplaces. Such insecurities can lead to self-doubt and stress, but there are ways of preventing these feelings affecting work and relationships, writes Binna Kandola…

Imposter syndrome is the belief that you are less capable than those around you, that your success is the result of luck or other external factors and that you will be discovered as a fraudster. It’s a term that has been growing in both awareness and understanding over the past few years – according to Google Trends, the term itself hit peak popularity for searches at the end of June this year.

Imposter syndrome can affect us in all areas of our lives, but the workplace impact of these beliefs can be significant. For example, people struggling with imposter syndrome might overwork themselves or develop a harmful tendency towards perfectionism in an attempt to overcome their feelings of inadequacy. They will find it difficult to recover from setbacks and in the long-term, their career development will begin to wane, as they will hold themselves back from pursuing personal ambitions or opportunities to progress.

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