The feeling of being a fraud is probably an experience people have confronted since some inexperienced princeling found himself suddenly sitting on a throne. But in the 1970s, when psychology professor Pauline Rose Clance and her colleague Suzanne Imes first gave the feeling a name — impostor syndrome — the term was specifically feminine. Women, these scientists felt, were more likely to worry about being unmasked as incompetent. But recent research shows that not only do all types of people experience impostor syndrome, but men are actually hit hardest by its effects.
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Written by Jessica Stillman June 29, 2018
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