Academic and professional prowess is a valuable asset in industrialized societies, particularly for those pursuing white-collar career paths (e.g., teachers, medical professionals, entrepreneurs). For some individuals, the path to gain expertise in their fields may be filled with pressures to succeed, emotional distress, and characteristics related to the impostor phenomenon (IP). Impostors, those who experience the IP, possess a strong sense of intellectual incompetence and believe that they are untalented and undeserving of their success and recognition. Impostors regularly worry about reproducing past successes and maintaining high expectations.
Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences
Nguyen, S. L.,
(2019). Impostor Phenomenon. Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences.
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