Superwoman Syndrome may be stealing your joy. 

Keep reading to learn 5 signs that you may need to drop your superwoman cape.

What is Superwoman Syndrome?

Superwoman Syndrome is a term originally coined by Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz in1984 in her book titled The Superwoman Syndrome. It refers to the misconception that women have “do it all” (and do it all well) and be everything to everybody all while neglecting herself in the process. 

It occurs when a woman stretches herself too thin in pursuit of perfection and an effort to do “all the things.”

The Pressure is Real (or is it?)

As women, we often feel the pressure to perform a combination of multiple concurrent roles such as wife, mother, worker or business owner, caregiver and homemaker. All of these roles come with their own unique set of responsibilities. Many women feel the need to not only perform all of these roles but to execute them to perfection- which is of course an impossible feat. This inevitable defeat frequently leads to stress, overwhelm, unhappiness, decreased sense of accomplishment, lower life satisfaction, and ultimately results in burn out.

In the futile pursuit to “do it all”, the superwoman neglects herself, her desires and needs in the process. 

Here are 5 signs you may have superwoman syndrome and why it might be time to drop your cape:

1. You’re a Multiple-Role Woman

You wear several hats and juggle numerous roles. You have a considerable amount of responsibilities (many of which are self-inflicted). For example, you may feel the need to take on responsibility for everything around you.

multiple-role woman sign of superwoman syndrome

2. You have Difficulty Saying “No” 

You have people pleasing tendencies, have trouble saying “no”, and are less likely to ask for help. This results in you being overworked and taking on more tasks than you have time for. 

3. You’re a Perfectionist  

You strive for perfectionism in all tasks and often get frustrated when you can’t do all things perfectly. 

4. You Put Yourself on the Back Burner 

You tend to neglect your self-care. In addition, you find it hard to take time for yourself and prioritize your needs. You may even feel guilty doing so.

5. Your Physical Health is Negatively Impacted by Superwoman Syndrome

The stress and worry of striving to do and be everything for everyone can take a toll on you physically. You may be experiencing physical symptoms including fatigue, sleep issues, headaches and other body aches, etc.

stressed from superwoman syndrome

If any of this sounds familiar, you may be experiencing superwoman syndrome and it is likely having a detrimental impact on your life. In future blog posts, we will discuss how to overcome superwoman syndrome.

In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about superwoman syndrome and how I can help you overcome it, book a complimentary discovery coaching call using the link below.