Community Connect: The Sixth Edition

This edition of Community Connect started with TG welcoming everybody and emphasizing why this Community Connect is necessary. 

In his introductory speech, he emphasized why Community Connect was birthed and the need for everybody to attend this event.

The attendees were given the opportunity to introduce themselves and their areas of expertise. The aim of this is to encourage networking amongst each other. 

TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

The topic slated for discussion was tabled for everybody to make an input. As a custom, TG insisted that this event will always be an interactive session thereby giving everyone who was in attendance the opportunity to contribute and make inputs. This idea behind giving everybody an opportunity to make contributions is initiated to discourage a one-sided type of event where only the speaker makes all the contributions. 

David contributed and explained what Imposter Syndrome means using himself as an example. He explained that he still has fears about publishing his work because of what people will say. 

Samuel also attested to the fact that he has been suffering from this syndrome by not being able to showcase what he does.

Another guest was also given the opportunity to make an input about what he understands about imposter syndrome. He briefly explained that imposter syndrome would make someone have doubts about his or her abilities.

TG further explained what imposter syndrome means quoting the hdr.org blog definition. He explained that the term  “Imposter syndrome is loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. Many questions whether they’re deserving of accolades.” 

A question was thrown open to the house for deliberation. It was asked if imposter syndrome can be said to be the same as low self-esteem? Quoting the definition of low self-esteem, it was established that low self-esteem is when someone lacks confidence about who they are and what they can do. They often feel incompetent, unloved, or inadequate. People who struggle with low self-esteem are consistently afraid of making mistakes or letting other people down.

How To Tackle Imposter Syndrome

The big question bothering everyone will now be; how to tackle this problem of imposter syndrome? 

Mercy suggested that before deliberating on the issue of how to tackle imposter syndrome, knowing the causes of imposter syndrome would help tackle the issue. In her contribution, she suggested that some of the things that could cause this imposter syndrome would include but are not limited to;

  1. The environment: The environment where a child grew up could contribute to the rise of this syndrome.
  2. Personality Traits: Personality traits like perfectionism could also be a contributing factor to the cause of this syndrome.

She continued by saying that once a feeling of this syndrome arises, it is either you quit and accept your fate or you see it as an opportunity to make improvements on yourself.

Having known some of the few causes of this syndrome, the main issue becomes how to tackle this syndrome. 

Samuel suggested that one of the ways to tackle this syndrome is through encouragement. He continued by saying that one should join an encouraging and progressive environment. This will take away the fear of toxic criticism.

Another way to tackle this is by being meticulous. Once you find yourself in a new environment/organization, you have to excellently perform your tasks, especially in the initial months.

Additionally, having a positive mindset would also help tackle this syndrome. Even when you do not perform very well, develop a positive mindset and keep on working and improving yourself.

Validation: Our mindsets should be emancipated from seeking validation from other people, you will see yourself as not being good enough. We have to detach ourselves from societal validation. This will help us from battling this syndrome. 

Self-loving: Samuel contributed that by loving ourselves first, we can fight this syndrome. He continued by saying that once we, first of all, develop that self-love for ourselves, we can start performing our duties especially not to please others but ourselves. We will be in competition with ourselves just to improve ourselves. 

In loving ourselves, we would also start appreciating the little progress we have made in the process.

Finally, we can naturally create a new personality that can push us to fight this syndrome. Having this positive mindset will help us to fight this imposter syndrome.

Away from the topic of today, we delved into the politics of Nigeria and particularly Abia State. This community keeps encouraging everyone that is eligible to get his/her permanent voters card in order to perform their civic duties.

Also do not forget that this event happens every two weeks and you can keep tabs on us by following us on all our social media handles. 

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