Imposter Syndrome: Can we do more?

Diane Cass

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Imposter syndrome can affect outcomes, personal goals and negatively impact all
aspects of a student’s life. Imposter Syndrome was identified in the 1970s as
stemming essentially from females being considered by society as incompetent¹.
Research has focused on multimodal therapy (including group work) to support the person with Imposter Syndrome¹.

While we can support a person who has Imposter Syndrome, getting to the source of the initial problem could reduce the resulting incidences substantially. This is a problem because the cycle of male privilege and issues emanating from the
dominant discourses are continuing. This is important because in order to reduce the incidence of this condition, we need to continue to work on equality, reducing male violence and redefining dominant discourses prevalent today.

¹Clance, P. R. & Imes. S. A. (1978). The imposter phenomenon in high achieving women: Dynamics and therapeutic intervention. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, 15(3), 241.


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