There is no shortage of articles about impostor syndrome on dev.to and other programming websites.
It's a perennial topic for developers. It will ALWAYS be something we have to deal with. It's a career where we can NEVER know everything - the possibility to feel lost will always be with us.
Here are three of my favourite resources that contain practical tools you can start using right now to tackle it. At best, it's irritating, at worst debilitating. But there are practical steps you can start taking today that will help you overcome it.
Impostor syndrome is often a feeling of not knowing enough, or having missed the basics.
Rob Connery's Impostor's Handbook attempts to fill the gap. It's excellent. Everything you wished you knew about programming and CS that you were too afraid to ask your colleague about because you were afraid they would finally see through it. Link below, money well spent (I'm not associated with Rob, I just loved the book).
This is particularly great for self-taught developers. I showed it to my colleague and his eyes lit up - he called it a goldmine!
Knowing what you're up against is important when it comes to any problem.
Here's my dissection of impostor syndrome as a FEELING - an emotional state, with understandable roots and a definite way out. Once you learn that the feeling of being an impostor is not correlated to the reality of how you are perceived, you can
Our bodies can change our minds. How we position ourselves, in a physical sense, can change the we you feel about ourselves. Learn how with Amy Cuddy's excellent Ted Talk. Posture is power! And changing your body language is free.
How about you? What are your pro tips?
I write about mindfulness and meditation for software developers over at CodingMindfully.com.
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