Defined by The California Institute of Technology Counselling Centre as ‘a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in the face of information that indicates that the opposite is true. It is experienced internally as chronic self-doubt, and feelings of intellectual fraudulence.’
In short, imposter syndrome is feeling inadequate or like a fraud in your current professional position, despite the fact that you have a proven track record of earned success. There’s a constant fear that you will be found out and a belief that all of your successes are due to luck.
Impostor syndrome is actually a very common and completely normal phenomenon. Researchers believe that up to 70 per cent of people have experienced it at some point in their lives. Studies have suggested that imposter syndrome can lead to burnout and emotional exhaustion. It’s also linked to stress, fear, anxiety and depression.