Imposter Syndrome

You might be surprised to know that prior to 1978 the term ‘Imposter Syndrome’ didn’t exist. (Note: It’s also referred to as Impostor Phenomenon and Impostor Complex.)

That year was when two female clinical psychologists, Drs Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, carried out research on senior executive women and female students which indicated that at least seventy per cent suffered from a selection of traits they named Imposter Phenomenon.

Later research has shown that men are just as likely to be affected by Imposter Syndrome as well.

Here are some signs:

  • Do you always stay late at work, even when all of your tasks have been completed?
  • Do you doubt your abilities to carry out tasks you’ve done many times before?
  • Do you have a nagging feeling that you’re a fraud, that you ‘fluked’ the exam, the job, the promotion, and any day now the truth police’ are going to arrest you for being a total fake.
  • When someone congratulates you on something you’ve done, you underplay what you did, or say others did more than you did.

If you’ve ever felt like that then you’re someone who suffers from Imposter Syndrome.

Do you feel like a fraud, worried that the ‘truth police’ are going to arrest you for being unable to do your work, that you don’t measure up, or that you’re not as good as everyone else?

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You can find out more about Imposter Syndrome in my blog and you can read more about a Fear of Failure and Underearning on these pages.