Imposter Phenomenon

The Imposter Phenomenon is an experience that negatively affects one's self-concept and self-esteem. A person suffering from the Imposter Phenomenon believes that even though they are successful they believe that their accomplishments were the result of luck or some external circumstance. Self-Esteem Test

Imposter Phenomenon

There are three basic signs of the IP:

  • The sense of having fooled other people into overestimating their ability
  • The attribution of success to some factor other than intelligence or ability
  • The fear of being exposed as a fraud

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A discrepancy develops between the way one sees him/herself and the way in which others see them. The person is very aware of the difference between his/her public image and private image. They feel like a phony who has fooled others into believing they are someone they really are not. If IPs do not work through their feelings of phoniness they may never attempt to attain their dreams. They experience a great deal of anxiety and dread being exposed as fakes. They may not be achieving all that they are capable of achieving and they may turn down opportunities to advance. Several studies have shown that there are no gender differences in those who suffer from the IP. Men as well as women suffer equally and may even suffer more intensively from Imposter feelings. Because men are not socialized to express a wide range of feelings publically, they may suffer more in silence than women when it comes to feeling inauthentic.

If you suffer from feelings similar to the ones mentioned, there is help.

A counselor can help you understand how your thoughts impact your feelings and influence your behavior. Talking about this issue will help reduce the secret nature of the Imposter Phenomenon. It will also help reduce the anxiety that accompanies the Imposter Phenomenon.




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