If you’re successful but you walk around feeling like a fake, you could be experiencing what’s called imposter syndrome – the fear that you aren’t what you appear to be. That you haven’t truly earned your place. That any day now, someone is going to discover that you’re a phony or a fraud. We’ll be featuring the research of Dr. Valerie Young and an article by Melodie Wilding, the links are below.  Then, as usual, I’ll talk about what you can do about it, with ten ways you can challenge your own thinking.

Our listener email is from a young woman whose mother had significant mental illness and she’s afraid she’s developing traits that are similar to hers, a fate she’s worried about since early childhood.

Here are important links:

Dr. Valerie Young’s website

Dr. Young’s book: The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer From the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It,

Article by Melody Wilding


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My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression will be arriving November 1,2019! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the self-help techniques described can be used by everyone who chooses to begin to address emotions long hidden away that are clouding and sabotaging your current life. More to come.