Articles Worth Believing

Solve Mysteries You Might Never Have Noticed Before

When you read a self-help article with tips, do you assume that it’s got to be good?
  • Because tips can be useful. Or not.
  • And self-help articles, like the one we’ll examine today in some detail? Either these can be intended to genuinely help people. Or else they can be a very thinly veiled way to sell-sell-sell.

First of All, How Smart Is It to Believe in “Imposter Syndrome”?

In order to have a better life? Not.

Second Point of Interest, Fellow Mystery Solvers

Consumer smarts include discernment, a vital life skill. Empowering you. Protecting you from believing everything that comes before your eyes. Hence this Energy Spirituality™ blogpost, which aims to set you thinking.

  • How Google-popular is “Imposter Syndrome”? From my browser, when first-drafting this article? 16,200,000 hits.
  • Hey, here’s a funky secret. This pop psychology “syndrome” is not a real diagnosis. Just plays one on TV.
  • Seriously, this “Imposter Syndrome” doesn’t meet the standards of the mental health profession. Meaning, it isn’t in the DSM-5 manual. (Like today’s other authentically documented mental health diagnoses.)
  • Pretty darned Google-popular anyway, though! That’s “Overcome Imposter Syndrome.” From my browser, when first-drafting this article? 4,680,000 hits.

Hello!

Smart Consumers, here’s a quick way to enlarge your perspective on this fad for…

Next, Meet Freelancer Nicole

Yes, meet Nicole Bayes-Fleming. Her article, which I’ll critique here, offers tips. Whereas my blogpost today will encourage you to see related mysteries about Nicole’s advice, mysteries that you can solve as a consumer.

What is her standing to offer psychological advice? Standing matters a lot to me. How about you?

In case you’re curious, what is Rose Rosetree’s standing to help educate you about personal growth and spiritual awakening?

As you can see, I teach Empath Empowerment®, Aura Reading Through All Your Senses®, Spiritually Sparkling® Skills for Energy Healing, and other systems (like “The New Strong”) to help you use your full potential in life.

Meanwhile, What Is Nicole’s Standing to Advise You?

After spending some frustrating time attempting to learn about Nicole’s standing to help readers solve a worrisome problem? What I found was surprisingly sketchy.

First Mystery. Sure Looks Like a Self-Help Article. But Is It?

Given the topic: “How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome”… Maybe you’d expect this to be a service article, designed to help readers. But is it, really?

  1. An ad right at the very top of your screen.
  2. Plus a garish box you must close out before reading further. Unless you’re really thrilled to explore somebody’s “Back to School Bonanza.”
  3. And, on the right-most column, four — count em, !!!!4!!!! — ads in a row.

Now, Speaking of Sneaky Things to Influence You

If you opened up this article, did you happen to notice how it starts? Once you get past the obvious ads, this self-help article begins with a “video from Ted-Ed.”

Also, Notice this Next Sneaky Thing.

Your Mystery to Solve, if You Like

Near the start of this article, you’ll find this gem of a statement:

In that video, “She points to writer Maya Angelou and physicist Albert Einstein, both of whom believed they didn’t deserve the attention their work received.”

There’s a context for you. Flattery, anyone!

Pals with Maya and Al?

Readers are led to believe they have a serious “syndrome” as imposters, and why? Maybe because now they know from wise pop psych expert, Nicole: Dangerous Imposter Syndrome is not the reader’s fault. Hasn’t it happened to their peers, like Maya and Al? (Peers, in their imaginations at least.)

Back at Mindful.org.

Sure, Tell Struggling Readers They’re Just Like Einstein

Another mystery, Smart Consumers. Why do this?

Overcome Imposter Syndrome? Tip 1.

Start a Conversation

Sure, it’s so important to share-share-share.

Overcome Imposter Syndrome? Tip 2.

Collect Your Positive Experiences

As Nicole puts it, “Making a concentrated effort to listen to and reflect on words of encouragement can help sooth [sic.] anxieties the next time self-doubt pops up.”

Overcome Imposter Syndrome? Tip 3.

Misery Loves Company. Enjoy!

Okay, Nicole doesn’t put it quite that directly. Although it’s true: Countless people who suffer are terribly stuck. Given their lack of consumer skills for personal development, could it be? Most can’t tell the difference between actual help and the temporary solace of a pity party.

Finally! Something about OBJECTIVE Reality, Not Subjective Reality

Subjective reality is how we feel about things. While objective reality concerns what people say and do, facts, statistics.

If you reread today’s blogpost, you may solve the biggest mystery of all about this “mindful” article. Namely: If this way to “Overcome” Impostor Syndrome might keep people from saying and doing things in objective reality, thus intensifying the problem.

Why doesn’t objective reality make an appearance until the final paragraph? And a passing reference at that?

In Conclusion

Thanks so much for reading, Smart Consumer. Because there are soooooo many articles like this one by Nicole. All the ones I’ve looked at, on Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, strike me as similar.

I Stand Believing

You can develop consumer smarts. You can look for mysteries and flag unproductive “advice for improvement.”

Rose Rosetree says, “Thanks for reading. If you’ve enjoyed this article, please consider FOLLOWING me here on Medium. I’d appreciate it.”

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Rose has written a national bestseller in Germany. See all her books at rose-rosetree.com. She’s the founder of Energy Spirituality™ for spiritual awakening.

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Rose Rosetree

Rose has written a national bestseller in Germany. See all her books at rose-rosetree.com. She’s the founder of Energy Spirituality™ for spiritual awakening.