Gifted Adults and Impostor Syndrome

impostor syndrome

What Is Impostor Syndrome? That was the question we attempted to answer during #gtchat as well as ways to combat it. Feeling like a fake, just lucky, or false modesty are all characteristics of Impostor Syndrome. It is at the crux of social anxiety; yet, unlike simple insecurity, it drives one forward.

Highly successful; highly accomplished people often suffer from Impostor Syndrome. More women than men express feelings of being a fraud. More so minorities; those from low SES suffer from it.

Why does Impostor Syndrome happen in successful people? One reason is too much praise too early. When failure inevitably comes, one questions oneself. Also, when normal means coming in first, second place feels like failure.

What can be done to combat Impostor Syndrome? Realizing you are not alone. Many experience Impostor Syndrome; few talk about it. Pat yourself on the back. Remind yourself of what you’ve done. Find a mentor/become a mentor. Remember … a little humility can go a long way.

A full transcript may be found here.


Phony Impostors or Merely the Burden of Great Potential? 

Redefining Success: Owning My Achievements

‘I Always Feel Like a Failure…’

Women Entrepreneurs: Are We Successful Impostors?

Are There Downsides to Success? The Third Metric

Do You Suffer From Impostor Syndrome?

What Is Impostor Syndrome?

The Impostor Syndrome

TED@NYC: Impostor Syndrome, Activate!

Feeling Like a Fraud? You’re Not Alone 

10 Signs That You Suffer From “Impostor Syndrome” At Work

The Curious Case of Impostor Syndrome from Byrdseed Gifted

The Impostor Syndrome

Is Impostor Syndrome keeping women out of open technology and culture?

Managing Your Impostor Syndrome

How to Stop Feeling Like and Impostor

How I Cured My Imposter Syndrome

A Cure for Impostor Syndrome?

Expert Enough, Take 2: Why Impostor Syndrome Matters & How to Overcome It

Do You Feel Like a Fraud? You Might Have Impostor Syndrome


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