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Episode 139: Actor Imposter Syndrome

core work Aug 11, 2021

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenonimpostorismfraud syndrome, or the impostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.

Letting Go of Shame by Patricia S Potter-Efron and Ronald Potter-Efron

“Shame is more than a feeling, it is a set of physical responses such as looking down or blushing combined with predictable actions such as hiding or withdrawing from others or having uncomfortable thoughts such as, “I am such a failure in life” or spiritual despair.

The definition of shame is a painful belief in one's basic defectiveness as a human being.”

We make choices based on our belief systems, our past, our values, and our collective consciousness.

We always choose what is the best possible choice at that moment. We are always doing our very best.

You are not responsible for your first thought, but you are responsible for your second.

What do I intend to do for the next audition?

What is the lesson?

You prevent it from becoming an assumption.

Reframing allows you to be more positive about what is happening.

  • Can’t—choose not to
  • Should— Could
  • Have to—Want to, Need to
  • Try— Will

You need to be there for you.

“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.”

Reframing is changing the way you look at things, to decide if that’s who you want to be.

You can restart your day at any point.

When I am in imposter syndrome and I find myself asking, "who do I think I am?” Instead reframe it and ask, “who would I be if I don’t do this?”


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