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In this episode, we dive into the intricacies of Impostor Syndrome, a common yet rarely discussed challenge faced by women at the helm and how to overcome imposter syndrome as a female leader. Debra draws from her personal experiences in male-dominated industries to shed light on self-doubt’s insidious nature, while Robert brings forth a Jungian perspective, arguing that these inner battles are not just hurdles but also calls to authenticity.

We’ll explore why so many women in power deal with the nagging doubts of imposter syndrome, and the shadow work necessary to understand and overcome the unconscious conditioning that links success with self-doubt. From the seedlings of parental expectations to the societal pressures that weigh heavily on every decision, we examine the stories and complexities that shape us.

Through sharing personal experiences and insights into the gender imbalances in leadership roles and funding distribution, we will uncover why imposter syndrome is not just an individual issue but also a cultural one. We’ll reveal why the smartest among us may even be more susceptible and how this ties back to our cultural and genetic makeup.

Join us as we navigate through the clutter of external validation, explore the Jungian perspectives on authenticity, and understand the psychological mechanisms at play. Whether you’re a new entrepreneur or a seasoned leader, today’s conversation promises to enlighten, empower, and elevate your leadership and personal development approach.



INTRO  00:00

Welcome to CreativeMind Soul Sessions with Debra Berndt Maldonado and Dr. Rob Maldonado, founders of CreativeMind. Explore personal growth with us through Jungian psychology, Eastern spirituality, and social neuroscience in a deep, practical way. Let’s begin. 

Debra Maldonado  00:23 

Hello, welcome back to Soul Sessions with Debra Maldonado and Dr. Rob Maldonado.

Robert Maldonado  00:27

Great to be here. Before we get going, I’d like to say, if you’re getting something out of this podcast, please subscribe, it would really help us out.

Debra Maldonado  00:35

If you are watching us on YouTube, click the button here. Or if you’re listening to us on Spotify, iTunes, or any other of those podcast services, we’d love for you to subscribe. It helps us with the algorithms, it helps drive more listeners, more people can benefit from these topics. Today, we’re continuing our leadership series. This is a really favorite topic of mine. I know I say this, but often the way people approach the imposter syndrome, I think we’re not going deep enough with it. I’m wanting to split on our spin. A CreativeMind Method’s spin on the imposter syndrome.

Robert Maldonado  01:18

It’s a challenge for them because they don’t have the tools yet. We want to give you some tools that you can work with.

Debra Maldonado  01:25

Let’s be start off with what the imposter syndrome is. If you’ve been living in a cave and haven’t been online, you’ve probably never heard of it. But most likely you have. They say women suffer from impostor syndrome more than men, which is interesting.

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