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#7 Imposter Syndrome and Your Brain with Dr. Renee St Jacques


In this episode, I speak with Dr.Renee St Jacques, a psychologist, about how imposter syndrome happens on the inside – in our brains! Yes, it’s a real psychological thing. Listen to find out how you can train your brain to beat those negative triggers and overcome the persistent fear of being a fraud in your own success.

Today’s Guest

With over 14 years of experience in Corporate America, today’s guest knew she needed to make a change. Having a heart for helping people, she made a courageous leap to acquire a doctorate in Psychology. Now a licensed psychologist, adjunct professor at Northwest University, and executive coach – she helps people become all they can be and maximize their potential.

We are pleased to have Dr. Renee St Jacques join us for episode 7 to talk about imposter syndrome and your brain. Find her on Instagram at @dr.reneestjacques

Key takeaways from this episode:

  • We are contextual beings, born expecting love.
  • Reflect on your life. Somewhere, someone, somehow – implicitly or explicitly a message was seeded to make you feel like you are not enough.
  • “You are worthy. You’re enough.” What would the impact be if you said these words to yourself, your children, and others?
  • Guilt is when you do something wrong. Shame is when you believe you ARE wrong.
  • Cognitive distortion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_distortion) irrational thought pattern like black-and-white thinking, fortune-telling, or mind-reading.
  • Deep grooves form in your brain as thoughts are repeated.
  • When negative ideas invade our conscious and unconscious (from media, social media, and individuals), we can quickly become hypnotized into a negative groove.
  • The key is to replace negative thoughts with positive, rational thoughts. They build new grooves and can decrease your anxiety and depression.
  • Identifying your triggers can bring you peace, build better relationships, and maximize your success.
  • Think about if what you are saying to yourself – is it the truth? Is it rational?


Feelings Wordlist
A great resource for helping you label how you’re feeling.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple: 10 Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, and Worry
This book delivers a simplified approach to learning the essential parts of cognitive-behavioral therapy and applying them to your life.

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
Learn to take ownership of your success, overcome self-doubt, and banish the thought patterns that undermine your ability to feel—and act—as bright and capable as others already know you.

How We Love, Expanded Edition: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage
Dr. Renee St Jacques highly recommends this book and has used it personally as she worked on her own relationship with her husband.

Dr. Renee St Jacques Website
She offers services that uniquely blend compassion with results to ultimately help her clients thrive in their world.


With courage, kindness, and grace,

Love Sam

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