How to combat imposter syndrome

Feeling inadequate despite evident success is a common experience for workers. Reframing your thoughts, keeping track of your accomplishments and finding a mentor could help you overcome these feelings
by Bethan Rees

Have you ever felt inadequate or that you don’t deserve something at work, such as a promotion? If so, you might be suffering from ‘imposter syndrome’. In the 1970s, psychologists Suzanne Imes and Pauline Rose Clance studied this phenomenon and found it “occurs among high achievers who are unable to internalise and accept their success” and who “often attribute their accomplishments to luck rather than to ability, and fear that others will eventually unmask them as a fraud”, according to a gradPSYCH article by Kirsten Weir.  
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Published: 28 Feb 2020
  • Soft Skills
  • The Review
  • Career Development
  • imposter syndrome
  • mentoring
  • leadership
  • Career advice

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