Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome, a term I have heard a number of times now and actually had someone tell me I was suffering this.  After I heard this, I wanted to know what it was that I had.  So off to the internet to find a definition.

Caltech Counselling Centre defines Imposter Syndrome as feelings of inadequacy that persist even in face of information that indicates that the opposite is true.  I know this feeling, when I cannot remember what I read to be able to make a discussion post that sounds intelligent.  I read everyone else's posts and think to myself how smart they sounds, why can't I sound that smart.  Some times it can be a very defeating feeling but I know I have to over come it. I know that whatever I decide to do, research paper or thesis, my situation is different than everyone else.  I will focus on something that deals with regulation and the processes that pertain to this role. I know when it comes to speaking regulation, I can do it and have to stop feeling like I am less smart than everyone else.


  1. In her book "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women" Dr. Valerie Young seems to suggest that women are significantly more likely than men to suffer from imposter syndrome (you can read more about the book here:

    My own observations support this, but I think it may make a very interesting research subject. Hmm.... :)

  2. Shelley, Here is the interesting thing, I felt this way in our first course, and was inspired by you! What I have learned thus far, is we all have different experiences and skill sets to bring to the table. What I have enjoyed about this course, is we have been exposed to various cultures of idenity - where we are able to identify and choose our preferred methodology. Hopefully, after you read the journal articles for assignment 4, you realized, like I did, this does not need to be rocket science. Be inspired with what you love, and be authentic in your communication!