Imposter no more Overcome self-doubt and imposterism to cultivate a successful career

Jill A. Stoddard

Book - 2023

"A personal and professional guide to the latest research on imposterism and psychological flexibility, IMPOSTER NO MORE is the professional's handbook to combating "impostor syndrome" and overcoming self-doubt to achieve career success. Dr. Jill Stoddard is a recovered imposter. For years, she was convinced that the only reason she was accepted into a competitive grad school program was because her father knew the program director. Dr. Stoddard isn't alone in this: deep down, the majority of successful people question their professional legitimacy a good amount of the time. Why do we do this, and how can we stop? Although she's in recovery, Dr. Stoddard still struggles with feelings of imposterism. She works t...hrough them with psychological flexibility, the ability to be present with all thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and urges, fully and without defense, while making conscious, deliberate choices based on what deeply matters to a person. Essentially, we're not attempting to change the substance of the thoughts and feelings that naturally occur to us; instead, we change the way we relate to those thoughts and feelings, so we aren't caught up in constant battle to control them. Throughout Imposter No More, Dr. Stoddard lays the groundwork for understanding the imposter phenomenon; she outlines the traps professionals often fall into regarding their imposter feelings, and provides actionable steps for cultivating psychological flexibility to be able to choose bold career moves despite self-doubt and imposterism"--

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2nd Floor New Shelf 158.1/Stoddard (NEW SHELF) Due Dec 20, 2023
New York : Balance [2023]
Main Author
Jill A. Stoddard (author)
First edition
Item Description
The word "syndrome" is crossed out on the cover and is not considered part of the title.
Physical Description
xii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I. Understanding
  • Chapter 1. You Might Be a Fraud
  • Chapter 2. What Type of Imposter Are You?
  • Chapter 3. There Is No Cure (but There Is an Alternative)
  • Part II. Evolving
  • Chapter 4. Getting off Autopilot: The Gift of Presence
  • Chapter 5. Keep Your Why Close By: Getting Clear on What It's All For
  • Chapter 6. Holding Outcomes Lightly
  • Chapter 7. The Harsh Inner Critic
  • Chapter 8. Choosing When to Listen (and How Not To)
  • Chapter 9. Fear, Self-Doubt, Shame, and the Allure of the Comfort Zone
  • Chapter 10. The Five Sorts of Avoidance
  • Chapter 11. Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
  • Part III. Living Full-Size (Not Fun-Size)
  • Chapter 12. Together We Can: Connecting with Community and Changing the World
  • Chapter 13. Self-Compassion
  • Chapter 14. Keep Going
  • Notes
  • Index
  • About the Author
Review by Booklist Review

First identified in 1978, imposter syndrome is reframed here as imposterism, shifting from identification as a psychological disorder to an indicator of societal oppression. Stoddard provides a framework for understanding the causes as well as the manifestations of the internal critic characterizing imposterism. By providing insights into the compulsion to present as an expert, to be a perfectionist, to perform solo, and even to appear superhuman, the mental demands become clear. Stoddard concludes each chapter with prompts for taking action to mitigate the anxiety, stress, and professional distress resulting from imposterism, which is experienced by 70 percent of professionals. The avoidance and negative outcomes that often accompany attempts to alleviate feelings of being an imposter need to be replaced with strategies for managing the fear, self-doubt, and shame experienced. Drawing heavily on methods for accepting and engaging in a mindfulness approach, this is a self-help manual that addresses a pervasive need. Anticipate that Imposter No More will be popular in libraries with a well-rounded self-help or professional-development business collection.

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