How to Cure a Case of Impostor Syndrome, Washington Post, 1/13/19

I think everyone at some point has experienced what is called “imposter syndrome” (IS) – a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud.”

Attached is a piece from Washington Post on how to cure it. I’m not sure it can be “cured” but it can be dealt with in effective ways.

I’ve also linked below to a couple of well-written articles on IS and it’s variations:

5 Different Types of Imposter Syndrome (and 5 Ways to Battle Each One)

Yes, Impostor Syndrome Is Real. Here’s How to Deal With It

What Is Impostor Syndrome?


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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