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I am a PhD student in Applied Cognitive Psychology. I study the inner workings of our mind. :)


The science behind feeling like an imposter.

The term “imposter phenomenon” (IP) was coined in the late ’70s after being identified in therapeutic sessions with high-achieving women. Nowadays, we know this condition is not restricted to women and that 70% of high-achievers have suffered from IP at some time in their life. It is more common among minorities- whether this be gender, race or sexual orientation and can be triggered when someone is faced with new challenges, for example students starting their Ph.D. studies, graduate PhDs starting on a new position or scientists faced with a new project. Did you ever felt the need to be the best there is, the need to do everything flawlessly, fear of failure, feelings of shame and humiliation when failure is real of perceived, guilt of being different, worry about being rejected, feelings of phoniness and fraudulence, concerns about self-worth and social image, persistent self-monitoring, intellectual self-doubt, feelings of weakness or feelings of inauthenticity. If you did felt a combination of these cognitive and affective components, follow this pinboard to find out the most recent discoveries on this subject and the tried-and-tested IP coping strategies.