The Impostor Syndrome - Women the major sufferers

The Impostor syndrome (also spelled imposter syndrome, also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a term coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Dr. Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes referring to high-achieving individuals marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as "fraud". Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. Some studies suggest that impostor syndrome is particularly common among high-achieving women, while others indicate that men and women are equally affected. src Wiki

In this article the author states that World Health Organization chief Dr. Margaret Chan thinks she’s a fraud and so did Sheryl Sandberg

In this blog by Gulnara Mirzakarimova, a Jibe software engineer & Hackbright graduate she writes about how she suffered from the syndrome and overcame it.

Read some example stories on 

Embrace your inner imposter
The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women
Do Women Everywhere Suck at Their Jobs?


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