The Impostor Syndrome: Why successful people often feel like frauds [FAS Office for Postdoctoral Affairs event]


Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 3:00pm to 5:00pm


"How can it be that so many smart, competent, and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say 'We need to have a chat'.

The session will explain why high performing people often doubt their abilities and find it hard to enjoy their successes. It will also show the links to perfectionism and self-handicapping strategies such as procrastination, avoidance, and overcommitment.

At the end of this session you will:

  • Know what the latest psychological research tells us about the imposter syndrome is and how it operates
  • Realize how widespread imposter feelings are and why highly successful people can feel like frauds
  • Be aware of evidence-based strategies that reduce imposter feelings

Speaker: Hugh Kearns is recognized internationally as a public speaker, educator, and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from lecture tours of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Berkeley and Stanford. His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning, and creativity."

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