Imposter Syndrome is what happens when girls and women believe what society has to say about them.
Messages like these begin in childhood:
-boys are good at math, girls enjoy reading more
-being pretty is more important than being smart
-being different is weird
-people prefer girls who are quiet, helpful, thin, etc.
-women are better at caregiving
-girls are too emotional to be leaders
-let someone smarter/stronger do that for you
Even if we KNOW intellectually that these messages are not true, these messages are internalized and often resurface later in life.
Here's what happens, women tend to:
- avoid attention
- not ask for promotions
-not expect a raise
-put the needs of others first, even at the expense of their own health
-keep their dreams hidden
-feel silly about wanting more-avoid being different, changing jobs, ending relationships, or starting a business
I think it's time we put these habits to bed now, don't you?
Enjoy this masterclass from Life and Business Coach Beth Caldwell.
Beth is the author of the book Women, LEAD! and the creator of Leadership Academy for Women.
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