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Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is a term coined in 1978 by psychologists, Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes and refers to a psychological phenomenon which is characterised by intense feelings of intellectual fraudulence. 

Imposter syndrome is characterised by feelings of anxiety. It's the feeling that you’ve bluffed your way into your situation, that you are not as talented as everyone believes, that you don’t deserve the achievements you have accomplished, that your success was down to luck and that soon, your lack of ability is going to be exposed.

Imposter Syndrome is a common feeling among students and can be incredibly isolating.  We don’t know exactly what causes it, but the pressures of perfectionism, ever increasing social comparisons and a fear of failure all contribute.


Read an Imposter Syndrome Blog:

View a TED talk on power poses and imposter syndrome:

Hear Neil Gaiman speaking about success and imposter syndrome in 2012:

Listen to a two-part podcast on Imposter Syndrome:

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