VIDEO: Methods to handle gaslighting and imposter syndrome

September 17, 2022

1 min watch


Healio Interview

Shannon is the proprietor of Shannon Teaching for Life and Shannon Healthcare Communications, Inc.

CHICAGO — Each imposter syndrome and gaslighting can result in heavy self-doubt, however it could actually usually be troublesome to inform the distinction, based on Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, PCC.

In her speak on the Ladies in Medication Summit, Shannon mentioned the right way to acknowledge what creates the “insecurity that makes us maintain ourselves again from what we might actually be and all that we might convey to the desk,” and the right way to deal with it.

Shannon, who began her profession as a major care doctor, now coaches different physicians to assist them navigate their careers.

Gaslighting, she instructed Healio, is a type of psychological manipulation during which somebody in a extra highly effective place tells another person that what they skilled or noticed didn’t occur.

“It may be very simple to assume ‘oh, I’m having these emotions of self-doubt, I really feel like I shouldn’t be right here … I don’t have the credentials for this subsequent step’ … when, truly, it’s the surroundings, and that’s the place gaslighting is available in,” Shannon mentioned. “It’s not that it’s an both/or — typically it’s each — however I feel it’s necessary to acknowledge that typically it’s the environment.”

Alternatively, imposter syndrome — which isn’t truly a syndrome, Shannon mentioned — is a set of emotions and ideas of not being adequate. Typically, somebody who’s experiencing imposter syndrome can really feel like a fraud and fear about “being uncovered.”

“Typically, folks really feel they don’t deserve the constructive suggestions they’re getting,” she defined.

Shannon mentioned that imposter syndrome doesn’t ever totally go away, however “it may be quieted.”

To sort out imposter syndrome, Shannon mentioned that a very powerful factor to do is handle your personal ideas.

“Actually, a very powerful [thing] is addressing the destructive computerized ideas you’re having and actually altering these to constructive ones after which utilizing these constructive ideas over and over, saying them to your self, till you get to the purpose the place you imagine them.”


Shannon D. Gaslighting vs imposter syndrome: Methods to know, what to do. Offered at: Ladies in Medication Summit; Sept. 16-18, 2022. Chicago.


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