Imposter Syndrome


Definition: the Imposter Syndrome is a cognitive bias that refers to an individual's perceived internal belief of not being competent enough compared to what others perceive one to be. In other words, the individual has a self-perceived notion of 'intellectual phoniness'.
The individual strongly believes that one's success is due to external factors (e.g., sheer luck) instead of attributing it to their own talent, potential or qualification. Hence, such individuals are always fearful that their luck will run out and they will be exposed as being a fraud. It is quite similar to low self-efficacy.


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