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Give yourself permission to excel

In our column and podcast series, Professor Sarah Niblock, CEO of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, explores real-life challenges that affect us all and how therapy can help. This month, she looks at how to get past impostor syndrome and allow yourself the opportunity to sparkle
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Alack of self-esteem affects us hugely at work. Because of our mistaken beliefs, instfilled in early life, we hide, resist sharing our opinions and don’t put ourselves forward for opportunities or promotions. We cannot say no and we overwork, so it’s a vicious cycle from which we can see no release.

A recent study of around 3,000 adults in the UK revealed that two thirds of women have experienced impostor syndrome at work in the past year. This describes people who believe that they are not as good as others think they are. Some of the most successful people on the planet feel like frauds, despite their achievements. Author and businesswoman Arianna Huffington calls that little self-sabotaging voffice in her head her ‘obnoxious roommate’, against whom she keeps having to push back.

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