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IMPOSTER SYNDROME

Imposter syndrome or what psychologists refer to as imposter phenomenon is a psychological term referring to a pattern of behavior where people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud. These feelings of inadequacy and self doubt, are generally accompanied by anxiety and, often, depression. It is important to note that Imposter Syndrome is not an actual syndrome or disorder but a term coined by clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in 1978, when they found that despite having adequate external evidence of accomplishments, people with imposter syndrome remained convinced that they don’t deserve the success they have.  We know from the research that imposter syndrome is in large part a reaction...

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