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Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome: How to Feel Confident When You're Out of Your League

Jenn Lederer | Posted 11.06.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Jenn Lederer

* You're the newest hire on the team...and you're getting the biggest pay check. * You've been hired to speak at a seriously high-powered event. * Y...

I Love Yoga (Pants): Confessions of a Recovering Yoga Impostor

Michelle Martin | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Martin

I could have walked out of that yoga class and never gone back. I could have continued on my path of embracing all things yoga except the actual practice of yoga, but instead I am sitting with my discomfort (and intermittent embarrassment), and letting my Chakras evolve at their own pace.

Peculiar Books Reviewed: Alain de Botton's "Status Anxiety"

Brian Troutwine | Posted 08.02.2014 | Huffpost Code
Brian Troutwine

I went to a conference earlier this month and after a speaker admitted feeling like a fraud, folks began sharing their like feeling, admitting it with palpable relief. It was a singular experience. Throughout, I thought of Alain de Botton's "Status Anxiety".

Why I Don't Think Of Myself As 'Intelligent'

Montita Sowapark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Montita Sowapark

There's something I have to admit: I have a very severe case of the "Impostor Syndrome." I don't think I'm smart.

How to Feel Real

Denise Cummins, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Denise Cummins, Ph.D.

Accept that everyone everywhere -- no matter how successful -- experiences the self-doubt that underlies imposter syndrome. It is part and parcel of becoming accomplished and successful. There is nothing unusual or wrong about feeling these things.

How Women In STEM Can Beat Imposter Syndrome

Mari-Louise Ross | Posted 11.17.2013 | Women
Mari-Louise Ross

Do not believe too strongly in appearances. We are inclined to measure our most insecure side to the most polished outer appearances of others.

Women Entrepreneurs: Are We Successful Impostors?

Natalie MacNeil | Posted 10.29.2013 | Women
Natalie MacNeil

What exactly is the impostor syndrome? And why should we pay attention to it, when immediate concerns, such as planning for the week when we already have tons to do, seem to take a higher priority?

Erica Hill: Redefining Success: Owning My Achievements

Erica Hill | Posted 08.26.2013 | Women
Erica Hill

I believed my "success" meant doing everything myself, lest someone realize the many things I still didn't know. I was constantly worried someone would call me out, and let the world know I was hanging on by a thread, my sanity waving in the balance.

Valerie Young: Are There Downsides to Success? The Third Metric

Dr. Valerie Young | Posted 08.01.2013 | Women
Dr. Valerie Young

What is it about the pursuit of success that gives so many women pause? Are there aspects of success itself that may be causing women to pull back?

Intelligence for Your Career: Lessons From John Tesh

Maureen Anderson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Maureen Anderson

The entertainer John Tesh was once quoted as saying he's really not that busy. If the host of the syndicated radio program Intelligence for Your Life didn't feel squeezed for time, I figured the rest of us could learn something.

My Own Worst Enemy

Kate Baldwin | Posted 07.13.2013 | Women
Kate Baldwin

You may recognize the spiral-downward logic when your internal barometer registers that someone is seemingly much more accomplished -- not to mention much more glamorous -- than you are: What decisions have I made that brought me to this place? Have they been the right ones?

Phony Impostors or Merely the Burden of Great Potential?

Dr. Valerie Young | Posted 02.09.2013 | Women
Dr. Valerie Young

If you don't think you can live up to other people's expectations then it makes sense you'd try to protect yourself by minimizing expectations. So you decide that it's better to play small than to risk humiliation. Plus, you get extra points for being modest -- especially if you're female.

The Mass Appeal of the Secret Life

John Lazarus | Posted 10.16.2012 | Arts
John Lazarus

Perhaps the current popularity of characters leading double lives simply reflects a pervasive consciousness that we are all involved in a spiraling project whose purpose is to con each other.

Fake It 'Til You Make It (And Other Ways To Get Somewhere New)

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 08.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

The next time you feel like an impostor, remember you are probably in a room full of them, so have a private chuckle and go for the ride. Before you know it, you will not be pretending anymore.

Do You Suffer From Impostor Syndrome?

Olivia Fox Cabane | Posted 05.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Olivia Fox Cabane

Have you ever had the feeling that you didn't really know what you were doing, and it was just a matter of time before someone realized it and exposed you as a fraud?