Oct 17, 2017 Imposter Syndrome


On 19 Oct we discussed the “Imposter Syndrome”

We walked away with the following take away points:  We can all help by working to build others up.

Choosing the right person to tell can be a challenge but we need to tell others how we feel.

The feeling of not belonging can create positive pressure to do better.

Don’t criticize yourself more than you would a friend. (Be gentle with yourself)

Listen to the one person thinks you can instead of the others who doubt you.

Accept that feeling like an imposter is normal.

Check your history, believe that you can do what you have already done.

Senior people have the power to make a positive difference.


If you weren’t able to make the discussion please review the following websites and find someone to share your thoughts with:


Opinion piece from the New England Journal of Medicine:

http://catalyst.nejm.org/letter-young-female-physician/ (link is external)


Feeling like a Fraud?

http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2013/11/fraud.aspx (link is external)


Podcast about Racial Imposter Syndrome:

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/06/08/462395722/racial-impostor-syndrome-here-are-your-stories (link is external)


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