Unpacking Michelle Obama’s Impostor Syndrome
In a December 2018 talk at an all-girls school in North London, Michelle Obama was asked how she felt about being viewed as a “symbol of hope.” That’s when the former First Lady disclosed something countless millions of women and men around the world experience, but…
I facilitated my first impostor syndrome workshop in 1985. Titled Impostors Fakes and Frauds:...
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The Competence Rulebook for Mere Mortals
There are many sources of impostor syndrome: Situational, societal, familial, occupational, and organizational. The one source common to everyone with impostor feelings is our unrealistic, unsustainable notions about what it takes to be “competent.”
Enjoy this free chapter from The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women (Crown Business, 2011) to learn about Valerie Young’s 5 Types of Impostors:
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*The 5 Types of Impostors is the most cited aspect of Dr. Valerie Young’s work. It is also the most misrepresented and most plagiarized. We welcome the chance to share this free chapter so you can hear directly from the source.