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Title of event: "Am I a fraud?" Impostor feeling: at the shadow of impending exposure and shame
Presenter: Anett Felházi
Date of event:
25 November 2022, 19.00 – 20.30
Place of event: Hungarian Psychoanalytical Society, Magvető Café
The event is in Hungarian.
Registration link: 
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In the next Freud Café, we will focus on the topic of the impostor phenomenon and its role in self-esteem and self-expression.
Program description:
The uncertainty of self-identity is a feature of impostor syndrome. In this case, despite the person’s real achievements and success, somebody feels himself/herself to be incompetent, a fraud, and constantly afraid of being exposed and shamed. People with impostor feelings may be aware of irrational fears, but this does not reduce their anxiety. 
According to the psychoanalytic interpretation, in early childhood, overanxious mothers project their anxieties and stressful contents onto the children, which becomes concrete for them as a distressing reality. Overfearing and overprotection question the child’s realistic and developing abilities, so the failure to cope creates early experiences of shame, incompetence and inadequacy that become part of the child’s self-image. The child may develop a double self-image that creates a fear of deception, of being caught out cheating which later unconsciously undermines the experience of success associated with real achievements. Impostor feelings may develop also if the parents overestimate the child, and consider him/her too unique, attributing abilities to him/her that he/she does not (yet) possess. Over time, and because life's tasks become more difficult, the child may experience the inevitable failures as a collapse in self-worth, and will avoid attempts and challenges. 
Perhaps all of us have experienced these impostor feelings to varying degrees. In more severe cases we also carry its traces in our viscera and vegetative nervous system. Constant anxiety can lead to psychosomatic illness and depression. 
The psychoanalytic speaker will present fascinating case studies to explain the roots and circumstances of the syndrome - the fear of shame that destroys healthy self-confidence. The audience will also have the opportunity to fill in a self-esteem scale of the „impostor phenomenon”. The speaker will also look for the answer to how these deeply infiltrated feelings of inadequacy can be treated and how to reduce the experience of inadequacy. Awareness of early relationship experiences, or sharing similar feelings with others ¬- even insecurities that cause serious life difficulties and inhibitions - can help us to cope.

The Federal Theatre: Revisiting the Dream 
Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 5pm-6pm PDT (8pm EDT)
The Federal Theatre Project put starving unemployed actors, directors, set designers, stagehands and writers back to work. Susan Quinn and Dan Jacobs retell the story in their play called Enter Hallie, which intertwines Federal Theatre Director Hallie Flanagan’s private struggles with her public quest to create innovative theatre for hundreds of thousands. Susan and Dan will mix readings from the play with a discussion of Federal Theatre history, as told in Quinn’s book, Furious Improvisation.