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6 Signs You Might Have Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome, or “impostor phenomenon,” is a term that was first used in 1978 by psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes to describe why many high-achieving people felt like impostors in their respective fields. Do you often feel like a fraud or an imposter? Learning about impostor syndrome can help put a name to feelings of phoniness and give people struggling with it reassurance that they are not the only ones experiencing these feelings. So, here are a few signs you might be experiencing imposter syndrome.

If you resonated with this video need more reassurance, we also have a video on the things to remember if you think you’re not good enough:

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McAllum, K. (2016). Managing imposter syndrome among the “Trophy Kids”: creating teaching practices that develop independence in millennial students. Communication Education, 65(3), 363–365. Doi: 10.1080/03634523.2016.1177848.

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