Even the Most Professional Female Can Fall Prey to “Impostor Phenomenon”

Blonde-with-microscope-smal I was recently reading a piece in Nature called "Unmasking the Imposter" about the "Imposter Phenomenon", which is the self doubt that makes us feel unqualified and doubtful of our abilities. This crushing self doubt is in spite of reaching significant intellectual milestones ranging from advanced degrees to professional awards – career women often cannot internalize their success or convince themselves they deserve it. As described  in the article which focuses on women in science: "Numerous achievements, which one might expect to provide ample objective evidence of superior intellectual functioning, do not appear to affect the impostor belief." The article, while written for a scientific audience is useful for it's tips of how to develop self confidence, and lessen the feeling that you will be "found out by colleagues" as many of my executive coaching clients initially feel. 

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