Reflective Writing #2

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome is a personal experience of feeling like you aren’t as smart as other people perceive you to be. It is feeling like you are out of place for where you are or that you are just a phony, one who got by just by dumb luck. Common effects of imposter syndrome include but are not limited to self-doubt, overachieving, berating your own performance, and sabotaging your own success. These are just a few of the many kinds of effects that the imposter syndrome has. The number of people who are affected by imposter syndrome range from about 9%-82%. The reason for such a wide range is because some people might have temporary symptoms while others might have long-term effects.

Have I had any personal experience with imposter syndrome?

Since I first started taking CPSC 110 my first semester here, it was like learning a new language because I had never taken a computer science class before then. While Python was an easy language to learn as a beginner, once I began learning Java things began to change. The language was more intricate than Python and required a little more code for things to work. When I began to learn Java, it was hard to remember everything that was new because I had just learned Python and now had to learn a whole new language. There were times where I thought of something that I wanted to code, but either doubted myself that I wouldn’t be able to write it properly, or that I didn’t have the full knowledge to complete the task.

Summary of the Imposter Syndrome article.

In this article, the Author talks about many different ways to combat the imposter syndrome in the programming field. He has six different tips to help deal with the syndrome. To me all of his tips would help someone who might be in this kind of situation, but there are a few that I don’t totally agree with. The two I don’t agree with are the “Find out how your manager thinks you’re doing” and also the “Plan your career goals out to reduce doubt”. While asking your manager could be beneficial, I also see how it could detrimental as well. Say that your manager says that you could do a little better, you now think that you aren’t doing good enough for your job and will start overworking which could end up making things worse. On the other hand, planning out your career goals could also cause more doubt because you could set goals that in the beginning seem possible but then when you are getting closer to your goals they seem out of reach and you begin to doubt if you can actually acieve those goals.

Another way to combat the Imposter Syndrome.

Another way that you can combat the imposter syndrome is to create short-term goals instead of career goals. By creating these short-term goals, you are able to create a plan of how you want things to go and then when you begin to complete these goals, you gain a boost of confidence because you are able to track you accomplishments throughout the entire project instead of just at specific parts.

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