Imposter Syndrome: Why successful people often feel like frauds

Kearns, H. (2015)

Flinders, Thinkwell.


I was lucky this time.

The next time will be harder.

I’m in over my head.

They’re going to find out I can’t do this.

At any moment they’re going to find out I’m a fraud.

Now they’re going to expect me to be able to do this well every time.

How is it that successful people can often feel like a fraud? Despite clear evidence that you are doing well you still have that nagging feeling that at any moment someone is going to tap you on the shoulder and say We need to have a chat. You’re out of your depth aren’t you. You shouldn’t be here.” This book draws on the best research in psychology to explain where these feelings come from and how to deal with them.

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