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April 24, 2020

023 - The Impostor Syndrome - Finding Freedom by Facing the Fraud in Us

023 - The Impostor Syndrome - Finding Freedom by Facing the Fraud in Us

Welcome to The Fully Lived Life podcast! A podcast for those who are longing to pursue the full life and want to break free from anything that holds them back. Listen in as two friends - a psychologist, Dr. Merry and a life coach, Gillian - talk about life, love and purpose - with wisdom, humour and transparency -  through the lens of science, psychology, and life experiences.

Wow - what a great conversation. Tune in as Dr. Merry unpacks the Impostor Syndrome.

Do you ever feel like you’re one step away from being exposed as a fraud? Do you present as confident on the outside but feel like you’re a “hot mess” on the inside?

Using the expertise of Dr. Valerie Young, Merry walks us through the 5 types of Impostors. Which one do you resonate with? Merry shares how early in her career she totally showed up as an Impostor to establish her expertise. Gillian pokes at her a little to challenge Merry about how that worked for her or against her.

Dr. Valerie Young defines the “Impostor Syndrome” through the following 5 types. Listen is as we flesh each out and zing a little with the truth!

  1. Perfectionist
  2. Superwoman/man
  3. The Natural Genius
  4. The Soloist
  5. The Expert

What do we do with the truth that this illuminates? Knowledge is only power if we can leverage it to bring about a healthy change towards growth in our lives.

Some questions to ponder:

  • Are you self aware?
  • Do you have a trusted friend that you could discuss this with and poke each other a bit?
  • Where has the Impostor Syndrome worked for you? Where has it worked against you?
  • Would you be willing to be vulnerable to be held accountable in this area in your relationships or on your team?


Dr. Merry’s book: https://amzn.to/2rCrJyI

Dr. Merry’s videos: https://bit.ly/377eFR0

Dr. Merry’s website: https://drmerry.com

Dr. Lin & Associates: http://drlinandassociates.com

Gillian’s Website: https://gillianmcshane.com

The Impostor Syndrome: https://bit.ly/2XAalrZ

Self Mastery Model: https://bit.ly/2ykf8mz