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Impostor Phenomenon (aka Impostor Syndrome) in Medicine, Part 4

For the past three weeks, we've been delving into impostor phenomenon – the definition, its effects, and helpful tips to improve. This week we look at two final aspects of impostor phenomenon. 1. Maintaining progress 2. How to help others experiencing intense or frequent impostor side effects.

 

Several of the books and authors mentioned last week highlight the importance of having a team of people you trust to play specific roles in maintaining a better self-assessment. I...

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Impostor Phenomenon (aka Impostor Syndrome) in Medicine, Part 3

Over the last 2 weeks, we have discussed the definition, demographics, and major concepts of impostor phenomenon (IP) along with how it shows up and its negative side-effects. This week,  I’m giving you a smash-up of recommendations for improvement based on four key references (below) along with a smattering of conferences, podcasts, and my experiences, including personal, clinical, academic, and coaching. There exists much overlap - it's always a good thing when various experts...

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Impostor Phenomenon (aka Impostor Syndrome) in Medicine, Part 2

Okay, last week, we looked at the definition, demographics, and some concepts around Impostor Phenomenon (IP), aka Impostor Syndrome. This week, I want to review how it shows up and why it matters. There are real side effects to living in the Impostor Cycle, especially for those with frequent or intense impostor tendencies. I’ve listed common ones below:

 

Avoidance of personal and professional advancements:

    Avoid difficult situations or risks

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Impostor Phenomenon (aka Impostor Syndrome) in Medicine, Part 1

Throughout the rest of January, we will tackle the topic of impostor phenomenon, aka impostor syndrome. Today we will mainly unpack the definition, look briefly at demographics, how it shows up, and some key points from my perspective. We will unpack why it matters and practical steps to gain some relief in the following weeks. Finally, we will discuss tips for interacting with those experiencing intense impostor symptoms.

 

So, what exactly is impostor phenomenon (IP)? Essentially IP is...

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Physician Success Tool: Confidence, - a look forward to growing in confidence

Confidence is a beautiful thing. In December, we reviewed the typical way one gains confidence - growing competence over time by gaining experience. We also covered common saboteurs – perfectionism, the inner critic, impostor phenomenon, comparison, external validation, and projected judgment along with steps to combat them. And now, we are kicking off 2022 with ways to improve confidence further. 

 

 

The growth mindset is the basis of overcoming those previous sappers...

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Vlog: An amazing gift

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In this video blog, we look at how the benefit of the doubt is an amazing gift. 

You can also gift yourself a coaching course - even use CME funds. Our 12-week course for individual physicians walks you through detailed steps of ditching unnecessary suffering, protecting and increasing your energy, and fostering your ideal future. 

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Physician Success Tool: Confidence, Part 3 - a look at three more common barriers.

We are in week 3 of a 4-week series on confidence. The first week we reviewed the normal development of confidence and last week, we reviewed a trio of issues that interfere with gaining confidence and actually decrease confidence. This week we look at three more common interrupters – comparison, external validation, and projected judgment.

 

“Comparison is the thief of joy” has been attributed to a few famous leaders. Regardless of who said it, it is so true. Although...

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Physician Success Tool: Confidence, Part 2 - a look at three common barriers.

Last week we looked at the natural progression of confidence. However, we all know confidence doesn't always follow the expected course, and often even when it's high, something knocks it down. So, this week, we look at why that happens.

 

There are at least six common sappers of confidence. 1. Unhealthy perfectionism. 2. An overly boisterous inner critic.  3. Impostor Phenomenon. 4. Comparison. 5. Over-reliance on external validation. 6. Projected Judgment. Many of these are...

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Physician Success Tool: Growing in Confidence Part 1

We all have areas we are more confident in than other areas of our lives. It's natural. Overcoming insecurities is a powerful thing that takes dedication and trust. In the coming weeks, we will uncover the issues that get in the way of this process and open a dialogue about having self-confidence when doing something new. Today we dig into the typical process of growing in confidence.

 

Merriam-Webster gives the essential definition of confidence as "a feeling or belief that you...

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Vlog: Right-sizing our perspective with gratefulness.

 

Our brains naturally focus on the negatives and when we are stressed, that is even more true.  Gratefulness practices help us right-size it. 

Have a joy-filled week! Tonya

Now is a great time to see how I partner with family medicine residency programs to help physicians enjoy their chosen careers. Learn more here. 

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