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Reviewed by Grace Ruhara for Readers' Favorite
Social media is one of the triggers of imposter syndrome. It brainwashes users into becoming perfectionists which is a far cry from reality. This causes depression which leads people to view themselves as a failure until they finally end up doubting their abilities and achievements and become people pleasers. Other triggers such as societal roles and experiences that we go through have contributed to imposter syndrome. How would you proceed if you discovered you had this syndrome? You Are Not an Imposter by Coline Monsarrat offers tips on how to regain complete confidence, stop being a people pleaser, and accept yourself as you are, alongside short stories of her experiences having suffered from imposter syndrome. Monsarrat has had to struggle with the syndrome for decades and it nearly cost her her life. She now inspires others who are going through the same thing after successfully overcoming it.
What I liked about Coline Monsarrat's You Are Not an Imposter is the use of short stories reflecting her personal experiences as a victim suffering from imposter syndrome. Her one-of-a-kind experiences lend her work a realistic feel and make it believable and relatable. It helped me to connect with her as I could resonate with her feelings, thoughts, and emotions. I could feel how passionate she is in relaying her experiences to create awareness and keep our attention. The inclusion of citations to other researchers' and authors' work throughout the book is evidence the author took time to do thorough research in providing reliable data for those wanting to do further reading. By citing other people's work, she proves herself as a noble and selfless person full of love and goodwill toward others. I recommend this book to readers facing imposter syndrome to help them accept who they are.