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The Refined Collective Podcast

Feb 5, 2020


Do you remember how much you loved Dr. Therese Mascardo on episode 58 of the podcast “How to Marie Kondo Your Mental Health”? Because I do. And I loved having her on. So guess what? We got her back on the podcast for you! She is a psychologist and the founder of Exploring Therapy. This episode, we are chatting about imposter syndrome, because the imposter syndrome can be so real sometimes, you guys!


The 4 Elements of Imposter Syndrome

  1. Feelings of inadequacy; 
  2. Second guessing yourself; 
  3. Dismissing accomplishments and praise as luck, timing, or being deceptive; 
  4. The thoughts you have lead to fear, anxiety, and perfectionism.


What Causes Imposter Syndrome?

  • We all have insecurities, but our environment, culture, and upbringing can make those insecurities stronger in our minds.
  • We aren’t seeing other people’s insecurities, so we think we are wrong for having them.
  • “Imposter syndrome is created out of the things you tell yourself.”


#1 Thing To Do to Tackle Imposter Syndrome

  • Identify your self talk and figure out what narratives need correction. 
  • “It’s not about succeeding 100% of the time, it’s just that you deserve as much of a chance, even if you fail.”
  • “Those who are the first to do something often suffer from imposter syndrome the most.”


The Importance of Community

  • “If you can receive criticism, you need to be open to receiving praise.”



  • Listen to Lizzo— Dr. Therese’s orders!! It will seriously help you with self-talk.
  • Join the Roundtable waitlist here.
  • Check out Dr. Therese’s website and Instagram.


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I want to say a very special THANK YOU to our new friends in our Patreon community: Meg Poore, Justice Barker, and Francesca Pittaluga! You are truly the reason we are able to invest so much of our time and resources into this podcast!


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