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How the Imposter Syndrome shows up


I was inspired by a conversation I had with a client to give you an overview of how the imposter syndrome shows up in yourself and others. The Enneagram allows you to cut to the chase and really unpack what’s behind the sabotage.


Here are some examples of how the imposter syndrome (the fear of being found out as not good enough and is predominantly identity driven) can show up in each Type (by no means exhaustive):


  • E2 believe they are not good enough because they can’t seem to satisfy the needs of everyone in their team

  • E3 believe they are not worthy of the position because they can’t outshine the rest and be the best

  • E4 believe if they can’t show up in the most unique possible way they see themselves as frauds and inauthentic

  • E5 believe they need to understand, not depend on others, be an expert of it all otherwise they are not worthy of the position

  • E6 believe they need to always be fully prepared to feel secure and if they can’t deliver they are not good enough for the role

  • E7 may escape the feeling of imposter syndrome because it’s too painful and may look for another job

  • E8 believe if they don’t have all their sh$&t together and in control of the whole situation they are not good enough

  • E9 believe if they don’t create harmony and peace within the team they are not good enough for the role

  • E1 focus on carrying out their role the right way (own definition of what’s right) and any criticism is taken as them not being good enough.

Can you see how your dominant type pattern may sabotage you? And how unrealistic and dogmatic your imposter syndrome can be? The key is to hone in and really look, see and tell the truth about how holding onto this imposter syndrome is benefiting and costing you.


Here’s an interesting article that outlines what the imposter syndrome is and how it can be recognised:


An interesting book to read is:

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