Am I Experiencing Imposter Syndrome?

Is imposter syndrome getting you down? Having the feeling that you're a fraud or that you don't quite deserve your successes can feel paralyzing. In reality, you're a successful and beautiful person who deserves everything you have.

Imposter syndrome can act as a knock to your confidence, but it doesn't need to take over your life. Before you can address it, you need to find out how severe your case is.

Revealing how deep your imposter syndrome is an excellent start to your self-improvement journey. Once you know whether you're an imposter, you can start seeking well-deserved confidence boosts and enjoy life to the fullest.

History Lesson

Ever heard of Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr?

Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. was a notorious impostor who gained notoriety in the 1950s for successfully impersonating a wide range of professionals, from a doctor to a teacher to a prison warden. Born in Massachusetts in 1921, Demara was the son of a school principal and grew up in a strict Catholic household.

From a young age, Demara showed an aptitude for deception, often lying to his family and friends about his achievements and experiences. After dropping out of school at 16, he joined the army and served as a medic during World War II. During his time in the military, Demara discovered he had a talent for learning quickly and absorbing new information.

After leaving the army, Demara began his career as an impostor. He started by assuming the identity of a Trappist monk, living in a monastery, and working as a counselor to troubled youth. He then moved on to more high-profile roles, such as a doctor, a lawyer, and a teacher. In each case, he convinced others of his qualifications and expertise, often using his quick wit and charm to deflect suspicion.

Demara's most audacious impersonation came in 1951 when he assumed the identity of a navy surgeon and boarded a destroyer bound for Korea. He successfully performed surgery on wounded soldiers and was hailed as a hero by his fellow crew members. However, his true identity was eventually discovered, and he was court-martialed and dishonorably discharged from the navy.

After his time in the military, Demara continued his life of deception, assuming the identity of a prison warden, a ship's captain, and even a monk again. He was eventually caught and arrested in Spain in 1961 and served time in prison in both Spain and Canada.

Despite his many crimes and deceptions, Demara was often seen as a sympathetic figure, with some viewing him as a misunderstood genius or a victim of circumstance. He was the subject of a 1960 movie called The Great Impostor, starring Tony Curtis, which portrayed him as a lovable rogue.

Demara died in 1982 at the age of 60.

Did you know?

High achievers often experience imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome doesn't just mean a lack of confidence. High achievers such as managers, accountants, surgeons, and celebrities can all get a dose of it.

One famous celebrity who has imposter syndrome is Tom Hanks. That's right, the same guy who played both Sully and Forrest Gump with startling precision feels like he's a fraud.

Although the men and women who fly planes may appear confident, they suffer from imposter syndrome too. In fact, the more high-pressured and skilled a career is, the more likely you are to feel as though you don't belong.

In its extreme form, imposter syndrome is a clinical condition that you can receive professional help.

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