Do you ever feel like you got your job as a result of pure luck? That it wasn’t the result of any skill or hard work, and that you’ve been fooling your coworkers? And do you worry that someone’s going to unmask you as a fraud?
You may be suffering from imposter syndrome.
“Imposter syndrome isn’t actually a syndrome or a clinical diagnosis, but rather a largely universal fear of not being good enough,” says Sabina Read, a psychologist and the host of SEEK’s career advice TV show, Dream Job.
This phenomenon was coined by psychologist Pauline Clance in 1985 and plagues many people to this day, making us feel like imposters in our own jobs. It’s also often a key factor that holds many of us back from achieving our full potential in our careers.