Episode 150

The Impostor Complex with Tanya Geisler

November 14, 2017

It’s time for our favorite topic: fighting those fraudy feelings! Or as Tanya Geisler calls it: the Impostor Complex. Bosses, we’re digging into the lies the Impostor Complex tries to make us believe, how to cope with the Impostor Complex, and the importance of getting into a relationship with your creativity and success.

Episode Transcript
"The pencil is sharp enough to say what needs to be said."
- Tanya Geisler

Discussed in this Episode

  • What is the "Impostor Complex?"
  • The 12 lies of the Impostor Complex:
    1. "This self-doubt I'm feeling is proof of my inadequacy."
    2. "Successful people don't experience the Impostor Complex."
    3. "You are all or nothing."
    4. "You have nothing useful, valid, original, or important to say, so don't say anything."
    5. "Don't tell anyone about this Impostor Complex experience."
    6. "Tell everyone about this Impostor Complex experience."
    7. "You're not ready yet."
    8. "You're never going to be able to pull that off again."
    9. "It's just a matter of time before this all crumbles beneath you."
    10. "You can't trust the praise of others."
    11. "You're going to have to fake it until you make it."
    12. "Asking for help is for suckers."
  • Getting into a relationship with your creativity
  • Unhealthy ways people often cope with the Impostor Complex
    • Perfectionism
    • Procrastination
    • Leaky boundaries
    • People pleasing
    • Diminishment
    • Comparison
  • How to flip the Impostor Complex around and meet it where it is

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