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Success 2.0: The Psychology of Self-Doubt

Hidden Brain

Hidden Brain Media

Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Performing Arts

4.639.3K Ratings

🗓️ 22 May 2023

⏱️ 50 minutes

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We all have times when we feel like a fraud. In the latest installment of our Success 2.0 series, we revisit a favorite 2021 conversation with psychologist Kevin Cokley. We'll explore the corrosive effects of self-doubt, and how we can turn that negative voice in our heads into an ally.

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This is Hidden Brain. I'm Shankar Vedandam. At the Olympic Games in 2021, one athlete arrived in Tokyo


with a mountain of expectations on her 4 foot eight inch frame.


Five medals in Rio, four of them gold and could do even better than that this time around here in Tokyo.


If you don't think that that's hard, then you really don't understand gymnastics.


People didn't just expect her to win gold medals in gymnastics.


They expected magic.


She has just set herself so far apart from the rest of the field


and not just on the condition.


The United States Hospital is in the United States


California. And Bile' pursuit of history starts tonight.


Four days into the games, Simone Biles pulled out of the competition.


I've just never felt like this going. Simone Biles pulled out of the competition.


I've just never felt like this going into a competition before,


and I tried to go out here and have fun and warm up in the back


went a little bit better, but then once I came out here,


I was like, no no mental is not there.


The world was stunned. An athlete with seemingly otherworldly powers was struggling. From the outside looking in it seemed hard to


understand and it raised a question if a world champion can be toppled by


these emotions what does it mean for the rest of us?


This week on Hidden Brain, in the latest in our success 2.0 series, we examined the voice inside


our heads that says, the world may think you are amazing, but you're really a fraud. It's hard to see ourselves clearly.


This is true in all manner of situations, but it can be especially true when we are confronting a challenge. At such moments, many of us start to doubt ourselves.


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