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Programmer Imposter Syndrome

A common burden carried by developers carry is the "Imposter Syndrome". Here are some tips to counter this feeling.
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Programmer Imposter Syndrome

Another common burden that developers carry is the Imposter Syndrome. Here are some tips to counter this feeling.

  • Disregard media projections of the genius coder who wrote a patentable piece of code overnight. This is not the reality.
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. In a rapidly changing field, we may feel left behind. There will always be more to learn and do. Embrace your ignorance and use that to fuel your growth, not your self-doubt.
  • Adopt a growth mindset. It's not who/where you are today, but who/where you want to be.
  • Keeping a track of accomplishments is a great dopamine hit every now & then. Progress is a drug that keeps you hooked.
  • Some learn better by doing, while others by reading. Figure out how you learn. Do more of that.
  • Planning your career is a great way of being able to say "No" to skills that may not further these goals.

Imposter syndrome is a constant in everyone's lives. How we handle it as individuals separates us from the rest.

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Maintaining Mental health on Software Development Teams

Our mental health can be divided into 2 spheres: Cognitive & Emotional
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Maintaining Mental health on Software Development Teams

Courtesy: Glasbern Cartoon Service

Our mental health can be divided into 2 spheres: Cognitive & Emotional.

  • The cognitive sphere is similar to a computer with IO, memory, RAM and processor speed. When we aren't in a good place mentally, these channels are slower and less efficient than normal.
  • The emotional sphere targets our emotions such as sadness, fear, anger and joy.
  • Our brains can work in a focused setting for 2-4 hours/day.
  • Keep switching between focused work (intense coding or design) and unfocused tasks (simple bug fixes).
  • Regular physical workouts are critical to maintain oxygen and glucose levels to the brain.
  • Share and communicate with the team often. Talking about problems, issues or your wins with the team helps the brain process feelings in the emotional sphere.
  • Find ways to get Oxytocin levels up during the day. For example, hanging out with your family or friends in the kitchen is much healthier than fretting over the next problem to solve.

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