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Imposter Syndrome

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Interpretation
Imposter Syndrome

Definition

The idea (and fear) that one will be exposed as a 'fraud' in their position or for their accomplishments, even in the face of objective evidence to the contrary.

Origin

First identified by psychologists Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes in a 1978 paper that theorized that women were uniquely affected by impostor syndrome. (source)