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imposter syndromeJoe Segen2016-12-28T00:33:22+00:00
Definition A psychological phenomenon in which individuals are mentally unable to internalise their accomplishments and thus feels that they are frauds or imposters when circumstances put them in positions of respect and authority.
Comments While some authors believe that the syndrome may respond to cognitive behavioural therapy, others–e.g., Amy Chua author of The Triple Package, argue that insecurity about success is a prime motivator for most leaders and thus needs to be fertilised and fomented.
Synonyms Fraud syndrome, impostor phenomenon