Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Impostor Syndrome

The Impostor Syndrome is a phenomenon where a person is incapable of internalizing success, often attributing it to luck, good timing, or pure fluke. The person is fearful that they might be "found out" to be less intelligent or competent than people make them to seem.

It's interesting that this phenomenon is prevalent enough to be both studied and given a name. Very interesting.

(And yes, I've felt this way many times, but it also seems that I am capable of internalizing success. Or maybe I'm just giving myself credit for effort, in which case I should remind you of this quote.)

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