“Impostor Syndrome is the (incorrect) feeling that you’re a fraud, that you’re not skilled enough for your role, and that you will be found out and exposed as an impostor eventually.”
Does anyone else struggle with this? I’ve read little about it before deciding to apply to PhD programs, and, I have to admit, there was a small, negative voice in the back of my mind telling me that I would not be able to do this. That I wasn’t as well-read as many other applicants, and that my writing sounding like something out of an elementary school read-a-loud. Luckily, I shut that guy up and have since felt pretty confident in my abilities as a scholar.
I think that overcoming an inferiority complex or Imposter syndrome takes time and trust in oneself. It took me a while to get where I am today, but I think that all the trials my own psyche gave me, made me all the more confident in my abilities now.
- Is Impostor Syndrome keeping women out of open technology and culture? (adainitiative.org)
- Imposter Syndrome (altatallandlofty.wordpress.com)
- Imposter Syndrome (shelbylohr1.wordpress.com)
(EDIT: I can’t figure out a better way to show this, so just FYI, this is the post that was featured on Freshly Pressed!)
Dear Younger Emily,
It’s very possible that you’ve always struggled with Impostor Syndrome. According to the Ada Initiative, “Impostor Syndrome is the (incorrect) feeling that you’re a fraud, that you’re not skilled enough for your role, and that you will be found out and exposed as an impostor eventually.”
You are always bewildered when you get a good part in a play, and nearly every occupation you dream for yourself is eventually disregarded because you can’t imagine yourself being successful at it.
But it’s not until you are laid off twice in your twenties that Impostor Syndrome rears its ugly head.
Apparently many (if not most—dare I say almost all?) women struggle with Impostor Syndrome. Maybe for a man, being laid off twice would just be fodder…
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