Understanding Imposter Syndrome


Imposter Syndrome is the idea that anything you accomplish is based on luck, and not because of your experience, talent or qualifications. It’s real. Recognise behaviours in yourself and others. Learn strategies to overcome dread and inadequacy. Accept and celebrate your achievements and accomplishments.

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. Understanding Imposter Syndrome will help you to overcome feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy in your work and home life. This knowledge that will certainly benefit you if you are progressing into management or leadership!

Impostor syndrome is based on the idea that you’ve only accomplished something, or succeeded, due to luck, and not because of your talent or qualifications.

This course will empower you to recognise negative behaviours in yourself and others. It will also provide strategies and tools to help you overcome these hurdles as and when they arise.

What will I learn?

In the first module, we begin dissecting the psychology of imposter syndrome (IS). We learn about the origins and features of imposter syndrome and what it actually is. We also cover the discovery and characteristics of IS and compare those to anxiety & depression among other characteristics.

Recognising the emotional traits of imposter syndrome in yourself and in others looks at the types of people affected, why and how, the emotional & behavioural symptoms, and how IS affects life chances.

Finally in this first module, we look at how to combat undermining self-effacing patterns of behaviour. Explore techniques for developing behaviour modification strategies, like positive self-talk. Look at how to react to comments by others and the assumptions and interpretation of opinions of others.

Module 2 explores how to become the best advocate for yourself and others. It is here that we start to unveil strategies for developing confidence and assertiveness. Building confidence through improving your interpersonal skills, i.e. body language, eye contact, facial expressions. Communication, including inner self-talk and external talking-up.

We research additional sources of guidance when referral is advisable, like counselling. Take an overview on the different therapeutic models that might help with comparisons and sources.

Finally, the last part is promoting yourself and others for professional success. In this last lesson, we discuss CV profiles, interview & presentation techniques to present yourself in the best light and believe in yourself!

You will identify and address negative thought and behaviour patterns that undermine your self-worth and confidence. Accept and celebrate your achievements, accomplishments and ultimately evolve into your own style of leadership!

If you are interested in this, you might like Self Development Skills where you can learn how to identify your inner strengths and find your true motivators. 

Course Aim


This short programme will benefit you as an individual if you think that you are suffering imposter syndrome. This is also of huge value for you in the workplace, especially if you are working in, or building, teams at all levels, as well as for increasing management and leadership skills



When you understand the psychology of imposter syndrome, you will be able to identify the traits in yourself and others and apply the strategies to support yourself and others overcome this emotionally debilitating condition.

Completing this course also contributes to the development of your conscious business skills, providing a certificated CPD certificate to demonstrate your commitment to your own self-development, for your own intrinsic value or any perspective or current employer.


Upon completion of this course, you will have the knowledge to identify the traits of imposter syndrome in yourself and others. This will be of particular value if you are working in, or want to work in HR or if you already offer coaching or support to others, in an informal or formal capacity.


Other courses that complement this subject include; Awareness of Mental Health & Well-being and Awareness of the Toxic Work Environment. There are others courses that contribute to your conscious business skills and they include topics like Developing Coaching Skills and Stress Management and more.

Course Syllabus & Content

Module 1: The Psychology of Imposter Syndrome

  • 1. Understanding the origins and features of imposter syndrome
  • 2. Recognising the emotional traits of imposter syndrome in yourself and in others
  • 3. Combating undermining self-effacing patterns of behaviour

Module 2: Becoming the Best Advocate for Yourself and Others

  • 1. Strategies for developing confidence and assertiveness
  • 2. Additional sources of guidance when referral is advisable
  • 3. Promoting yourself and others for professional success

Additional Info

Duration for this course:
You can take up to 1 year

Number of lessons:
6 lessons within 2 modules

Study Hours:
Approximately 10 - 15 hours dependant on the level of detail you include in the activities and the time spent on the exercises

Study Method:
Online platform with videos, challenges, quizzes and activities

How is it assessed?
By the successful completion of multiple-choice quizzes at the end of each lesson

Tides Online Certificate of Achievement

Entry Requirements:
There are no formal requirements for entry, however, all materials and assessment are in English, therefore a good command of English is essential.


Q: How do I access the materials?
Once you have selected your dream course you can enrol online. You can either pay in full, or if you have PayPal Credit, you will have the option to use PayPal Credit for the purchase if the course is over £99. As soon as the payment is received, you will have access to the course materials online where you can take as long as you want, or need, to work through the course and the activities.

Q: How long will I have access to the materials for?
You will have access to the course materials for 12 months, however if you need longer, just contact us to arrange to extend your access.

Q: Can I do more than one course at a time?
Yes, however you will need to set up a separate enrolment plan for each course.

Q: How are the courses structured?
Lessons are grouped into modules. Each lesson within a module has links to external sites for additional information and there are tutor challenges and activities. The tutor challenges are designed to add value to the course, and you do not need to submit any work to complete the course, and the activities form part of your self-development and self-discovery. We also recommend keeping a journal to make notes and record your thoughts and progress.

Q: Do I get a certificate?
Yes! At the end of each lesson there is a set of multiple-choice questions, you need to pass at 80% before moving on to the next lesson. Once you have completed all the modules. you will be able to download and save, or print, your very own Tides Online Certificate of Achievement for your records, or to show someone else that you have completed the course.

Q: Can I get hard copies of the course materials?
We can provide the materials as an e-book for you to print off and refer to, or provide the materials in printed form, however, you will still need to do the quizzes online in order to gain your certificate. Please contact us at hello@tidesonline.co.uk for pricing information.

Q: What skills do I need to join this course?
An open mind and a willingness to learn and develop yourself is all you need to benefit from our courses and start your journey to becoming the best you can be. Please note that all materials are in English.

Q: What is included in the cost of my enrolment plan?
Access to the online digital materials for the course you have chosen. Our materials are designed and developed in house by subject specialists and we supply everything you need to complete the course, including links and references to free resources to study in more detail if you want to. You will also be able to visit our blogs and articles for inspiration and motivational tips any time you want.

Q: Is there an additional or required reading list?
All the materials we supply will provide you with all the information that you need to complete your chosen course or journey, but you are directed to further sites and videos that are free to access if you want to gain a deeper understanding of your chosen topic. We will always recommend additional reading, however that is to enhance and support an advanced understanding of the subject, but that suggested reading is not a requirement - the study materials will provide all the information you need to complete the course.

Q: Do I have to take an exam?
No, successful completion of this course will be as a result of passing the end of lesson quizzes at a minimum of 80% as you progress through the course.

Q: Can I do the course if I live outside the UK?
Yes! This is an online course, so can be studied from anywhere, just remember that everything is in English.

Q: Can I speak with someone if I get stuck or want a tutorial?
Yes, you can contact us via email with any queries or to request a call for help with anything. We also offer one to one virtual coaching and mentoring sessions either by phone or Skype/Zoom. These can be booked in 15, 20- and 30-minute time slots. Contact us for pricing information.

Q: What shall I do if I still have questions?
Contact us at hello@tidesonline.co.uk to book a call and we'll run through everything with you.


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