03/20/2012 03:03 pm ET Updated Mar 20, 2012

Why Can't We Just Be Real? Overcoming The Imposter Syndrome

An important study was done by Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in 1978 that found that most accomplished women in the 1970's felt they weren't smart and had fooled anyone who thought they were. The women in the study attributed their promotions to luck, timing, and faulty judgments by decision makers. Some of these women thought they were intelligent, yet they were still hesitant to express their opinions and ideas. Researchers labeled this "the imposter syndrome".

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