You may have heard of “impostor syndrome” or “imposter phenomenon,” when perfectly competent people have the feeling that they don’t belong or are faking it in their professional lives. It can lead sufferers to hold back their ideas and self-reject from opportunities, and it is surprisingly common among high-achieving people. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Valerie Young, an expert on impostor syndrome with both research and personal experience. She discusses one common factor across all people who experience impostor syndrome, and three things you can do about it if you experience the phenomenon yourself.
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE
- Dr. Valerie Young on Twitter @ValerieYoung
- Dr. Young’s Impostor Syndrome website
- Princeton professor’s CV of failures
- “The Fraud Police” commencement speech at the New England Institute of Arts by Amanda Palmer, 2011
Interviewee: Dr. Valerie Young
Producer/Host: Miriam Krause