Impostor Syndrome

Imagine accomplishing an amazing achievement through a great deal of effort and hard work, yet feeling like you don’t deserve the great accolade. Sounds familiar?

Have you ever heard about Impostor/Fraud Syndrome (Syndrom Oszusta)?

In 1978, two psychologists, Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes, first identified that term and described it as ‘internal experience of intellectual phoniness.’ Their research was based on work with ‘high achieving women’ in which they found this phenomenon to be particularly prevalent (Wikipedia).

Recent studies suggest that more than 70% of people experience impostor syndrome at some point in their careers. IS can be very dangerous – it can lead to a high level of stress, depression or lack of career progression.

Follow the chart below to check if you may suffer from this psychological phenomenon and in what way it manifests.

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