The Imposter Complex

Imposter Complex was first coined in 1978. This was in the book, ‘The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women’ by Pauline Clance and Suzanne Innes. It affects both men and women and links in particular with high achievers. 70% of people, both men and women, apparently experience this at some point during their careers.

So how can we identify and overcome the Imposter Phenomenon? In this infographic, we show how to identify the five types of the Imposter Complex and how to overcome this, not just in ourselves but as well as others in the workplace.

We can define the Imposter Complex as:

  • A belief that others have an inflated view of your abilities or skills.
  • Intense fear you will be found out as a fake.
  • Attributing success to factors external to your own skills or talent.

Is feeling like an Imposter is normal?

Most people are likely to experience the Imposter Complex at some point in their career and, it’s probably a really healthy way for us to keep our feet on the ground. If we do not experience it at all, then that is unusual. It is about having a balance or reality check and ensuring that our natural thoughts of the Imposter Phenomenon don’t hold us back. “Feel the fear and do it anyway type thing”.

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Blog: How to overcome the Imposter Syndrome

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