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"The imposter syndrome strikes people everywhere, especially high
achievers. It makes them discount their success attributing it to luck, not
real ability. Along with it comes the fear that anytime they could be found
out. The more successful you get, the greater the inner stress. Now people
have expectations of you that you may not be able to meet. Now each decision
you make should be perfect because theres much to lose."
Simran Bhargava, The
Imposter Syndrome: Feeling Like A Fraud
Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the
Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
by Valerie Young
- It’s only because they like me. I was in the right place at the right
time. I just work harder than the others. I don’t deserve this... Sound
to Be Exceptional by Douglas Eby
- Although gifted men may also experience a self-defeating aversion to
expressing feelings or aspects of themselves that might separate them from
others, gifted women, according to a number of sources, are more acutely
sensitive to fitting in with social expectations, and may engage in a denial
of their capabilities, experience difficulty in embracing their talents and
have a compromised sense of entitlement to be exceptional.
Women: Identity and Expression by Douglas Eby
- Many gifted women, in addition, may have constraining experiences because
of gender, such as being seen as threatening to some men -- and other women --
in positions of authority. Some may feel pain at being different from "the way
women are supposed to be" and have a need to hide their abilities to "fit in"
with more "normal" society. Some women experience being called "gifted" as an
uncomfortable burden, and will avoid even allowing the thought they may, in
fact, be gifted. One fairly common reaction is feeling oneself to be an
- Helping Gifted Students With
Stress Management (ERIC Digest #488) by Leslie S. Kaplan
- The pressure to excel, accompanied by other concerns such as feeling
different, self-doubt (the "imposter" syndrome), and the need to
prove their giftedness can drain the energy of gifted students...
I'm So Successful Why Do I Feel Like a Fake: The Impostor Phenomenon by
Joan C. Harvey and Cynthia Katz
- (Out of print) When people advance too quickly they can be lauded too
extravagantly thereby creating a gap between how others see them and how
they see themselves
Imposter Phenomenon by Sue Wick
- Have you ever felt that you did not deserve the professional status you
have achieved or the recognition you have received for your career
accomplishments? Do you wonder whether being admitted to graduate
school or being offered an exciting job was just a mistake on the part of
others who will eventually figure that out and expose your inadequacy?
...recommends a three-point exercise for those who recognize that they have
Imposter Syndrome by Lee Jampolsky
- It is surprising how tenaciously negative thoughts manifest themselves in
and attack even the most "successful " people. We can define this
syndrome as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that stem from the belief
that one is insufficient as a person, and unable to be proficient at an
activity that individual wants or needs to do. These feelings persist even
when all information that he or she receives indicate that the opposite is
Many Sides of Being Gifted by Rita Richardson
- Your gifted child may realize that she has been "blessed," but at the same
time may be suffering from the "imposter" syndrome -- "Am I really that good?"
crops up as a constant refrain...
Smart for good? by Michael Duff (requires free registration)
- Some of the most brilliant people I
know secretly believe they're stupid. They're always rushing from place to
place, agonizing over tests, scrambling to find rare books, poised over their
computer screens waiting for grades to be posted...
Do So Many Women Experience the “Imposter Syndrome”? Why rejection and
disapproval are harder for women by Satoshi Kanazawa in Psychology Today
Why is it that so many highly successful women experience the “imposter
syndrome” – the persistent feeling that, despite their well-deserved success
and accolades, they are somehow frauds and will soon be exposed...
April 29, 2012