Imposter Syndrome

This week on ThisIsIndexed I saw a drawing I had to look up...

Wikipedia says..."The impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. It is not an officially recognized psychological disorder, but it has been the subject of numerous books and articles by psychologists and educators. The term was coined by clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in 1978." (Note that the Dunning-Kruger effect is when you are blind to your own incompetence.)

It is interesting to me how often I feel I have to "wait for the grown ups."  Somehow this year it hit me that when you are in your forties "we are the ones we've been waiting for."

In what areas of your life do you need to get over the imposter syndrome and own what it is you are responsible for?

Even people who are really good sometimes fail.  But you have to actually be doing something to risk failure. 

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