Impostor syndrome got its name in 1978, when psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes termed the unique kind of self-doubt that makes one feel like a fraud. This experience is common in all lines of work and study, affecting grad students, authors, and people who are acknowledged as talented and successful by most of the world. Even Einstein was rumored to suffer from it, allegedly telling a friend that "the exaggerated esteem in which my lifework is held makes me very ill at ease. I feel compelled to think of myself as an involuntary swindler." Impostor syndrome is not considered a diagnosable mental disorder, but it can lead to stress and depression.
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People who suffer from imposter syndrome struggle to internalize any kind of praise or accomplishment. 01:01
Imposter syndrome is very common, and people tend to recognize it in others far more easily than they recognize it in themselves. 03:31
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help to treat imposter syndrome. 05:13