Imposter syndrome, social media and getting through a pandemic lockdown
We're tackling some big subjects on this episode of Freelance Pod: imposter syndrome, how social media leads to 'compare and despair' and how living under a pandemic lockdown affects our sense of self.
Joining me for this episode is Dr. Richard Orbé-Austin, author and licensed psychologist in the state of New York. He's particularly interested in how freelancers and creatives can build strategies to combat imposter syndrome.
Social media shows off everyone's highlight reels, but it doesn't always reflect the hard work that went into that success, or the luck, or the generational wealth and opportunities. Only knowing the person's full story can tell us that. Dr. Orbé-Austin suggests listening to podcasts as a better way of diving into the story of a person you admire. And if you can't find a podcast episode they're on? Reach out and connect with them!
Imposter syndrome is fuelled by the automatic stories we tell ourselves inside our own heads. These stories com from our childhoods, education, early days in work, passing comments that stung but stuck. We can change those narratives ourselves.
Dr. Orbé-Austin's recent book, co-authored with his wife Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin, is all about tackling imposter syndrome. It's called Own Your Greatness: Overcome Impostor Syndrome, Beat Self-Doubt, and Succeed in Life.
Have a watch of his Instagram video, Five Tips for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome as an Artist.