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You are Not an Imposter

When you hear the words, “Imposter syndrome,” you’re probably thinking of something extreme, like some harsh disease or severe mental disorder. You’re thinking of people with way more problems than you, or maybe your mind went the complete opposite direction and were thinking of someone who can’t help stealing identities and impersonating people. Neither of those people are you. Your life may not be so extreme, but what you would probably be surprised to hear, is that you have it. You have imposter syndrome.

Now don’t be alarmed. Everyone either has had it, has it right now, or will have it at some point in their lives. If you never have it, you might be on the other side of the spectrum and you may want to check on your ego before continuing. Put simply, imposter syndrome is the feeling that you are inadequate for the task at hand; that everyone is better than you and you don’t deserve the job.

You are wrong.

You are where you are meant to be. You are working, and that work is not worthless. As design students, it is important to look at the work around you: what your peers are making and what has already been made in the past, in order to learn from them. I am here to tell you that it is also important to look at your own work, and see what others see in it. As the creator of said work you have seen all the hitches and bumps your work has gone through before its completion, but what you don’t see is the finished product. Your work is more than the sum of its parts, and that is what others see. Your work is not worthless, or damaged. You are not an imposter.

If you want to know more about the five kinds of imposter syndrome and how you can combat your own personal case of imposter syndrome, check out this article.

3 Comments

  1. tsweetin wrote:

    This is encouraging because it is hard to be an original with every single thing you do in art.

    Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:14 pm | Permalink
  2. sgaytan wrote:

    Definitely an article we can all relate to. It’s important that we all feel apart of the art community and have a sense of belonging in the field as well. Very insightful post.

    Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 2:57 pm | Permalink
  3. rnadeem wrote:

    It’s undoubtedly intimidating (if you’re humble) but a little fear can be a good thing. It’s a sign that you’re facing new challenges and moving forward, testing your limits and overcoming them.

    Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm | Permalink