- Do you chalk your success up to luck, timing, or computer error?
- Do you believe “If I can do it, anybody can”?
- Do you agonize over even the smallest flaws in your work?
- Are you crushed by even constructive criticism, seeing it as evidence of your “ineptness?”
- When you do succeed, do you secretly feel like you fooled them again?
- Do you worry that it’s just a matter of time before you’re “found out?”
If so join the club!
Millions of people around the world from CEOs to Ph.D.s, to Academy Award Winning actors secretly believe they’re not as bright or capable as everyone “thinks” they are.
It’s called the impostor syndrome — or the impostor phenomenon as it is more accurately known in the world of psychology.
You can learn more about the impostor syndrome on the blog.
Or check out Valerie Young’s award-winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It now available in five languages!