For many people — maybe even you — performing at a high level can come with the nagging feeling like they don't belong. Maybe they feel like there was a mistake in the hiring process or a misjudgment of their skills, and they're just one mistake away from being uncovered as a fraud. Hello, impostor syndrome! If that's you, you can take solace in the fact that it's a common experience for high achievers. But how exactly are you supposed to deal with impostor syndrome when it pops up? And what's the worst way to combat the feeling?
A new Bringham Young study tested different coping strategies for impostor syndrome. The key, the study showed, is to get good social support — but you have to get it from people outside of your field.