5 Work-Related Superstitions That Are Holding You Back in Your Career

Unless you're a Major League Baseball player, you probably don't readily admit to being a superstitious person – at least not at the office, where being sensible and making decisions based on data is part of projecting a professional image. But in reality, most of us do harbor at least one or two totally baseless beliefs. Sometimes, these are harmless (astrology lovers, we're looking at you) but sometimes, superstitions can keep you from achieving your goals. If you recognize any of these, use this Friday the 13th to engage in a little cognitive restructuring.

4 Ways Impostor Syndrome Could Actually Be a Good Thing

Impostor syndrome is a term used to describe the feeling of professional inadequacy (or even fakery) that exists despite evidence that indicates that the opposite is true. Generally, this "syndrome" is perceived to be a bad thing – as the name itself implies. But, is impostor syndrome all bad? Consider these four reasons why impostor syndrome might actually be a good thing.

Here’s Why You Have Impostor Syndrome (Even Though You Shouldn’t)

Do you feel like a fake? If so, you might be suffering from impostor syndrome, the feeling of intellectual or professional fraudulence that manifests as severe self-doubt. Even when all evidence indicates that they are competent, someone experiencing impostor syndrome can't shake the feeling that they don't know what they're doing professionally, and that soon enough someone is going to find out that they're faking their way through their job and they'll be fired.

How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is a common phenomenon, but that doesn't make it any easier to live with. The humble among us stare into the face of this monster when starting out in a new career or a new job. Others find themselves still stuck in a state of self-doubt years after experiencing real success – wondering how they got here and when others are going to realize that they don't know what they're doing. The fear and anxiety can be uncomfortable to manage, and hold you back personally and professionally. So, instead of wallowing in your imagined fakery, work on overcoming it with these tips.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Wisdom From a Professional Matchmaker, Balancing Work and Marriage, and Learning to Love Yourself

Wish you felt more passionate about your work? Maybe it's time to make Hallmark's favorite random holiday into a celebration of career love, instead. In this week's very special Valentine's Day edition of PayScale's blog roundup, we have insight into dealing with difficult clients (courtesy of a former professional matchmaker), the financial and emotional risks of starting a business with your own funds, and tips for defeating impostor syndrome.

Is It Possible to Make Too Much Money?

Being overpaid is probably not something you've ever spent much time worrying about. After all, real wages are down 7.7 percent, compared with 2006 numbers, and 23 percent of workers were laid off at some point during the recession. Earning too little seems more likely -- and more dire -- than earning too much. So should you even worry about being overpaid, in the first place?

5 Ways to Beat ‘Impostor Syndrome’

Feel like a fraud, even when you know you're qualified to lead? If so, you have impostor syndrome. Fueled by an inability to internalize one's accomplishments, this psychological phenomenon appears to be fairly common among working women, and can prevent the afflicted from achieving their goals -- but it doesn't have to.