What is it?

Impostor syndrome is an internal experience of believing that you as a person are not as competent as others perceive him to be, as if you are a fraud. Despite being a "syndrome," it is not a diagnosable mental illness. Instead, the term is usually narrowly applied to intelligence and achievement, although it also has links to perfectionism and the social context.

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Signs & symptoms

Signs and symptoms of Imposter syndrome may include:
- Believe that you’ve fooled others into thinking you’re more skilled than you are
- Credit your successes to luck, charm, networking, others' misjudgment, or other things besides your abilities


Strategies to cope with imposter feelings include talking about what you are experiencing, questioning your negative thoughts, and avoiding comparing yourself to others.

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