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Do you suffer from "imposter syndrome"?

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Total number of votes: 7


  • Is it possible to post a link to the original article?  Thanks, 


    Anne-Marie Rolfe June 16, 2013 - 7:00am

  • Hi Anne-Marie,

    Do you mean these articles:

    According to Ivie & Ephraim (2009), “the imposter syndrome is a psychological construct defined as believing that one does not really belong in a field because of lack of true ability” (p.  25). Graduate students suffer from this syndrome more frequently than you might think. Understanding it can help it ease. Visit the Landing to see comments, references, and further reading.

    Ivie, R., & Ephraim, A. (n.d.). Mentoring and the imposter syndrome in astronomy graduate students. In A. Kinney, D. Khachadourian, P. Millar, & C. Hartman (Eds.), Meeting the challenges of an increasingly diverse workforce: Women in astronomy and space science (pp. 25–33). Adelphi, MD: University of Maryland University College. Retrieved from

    Gardner, S. & Karri, H. (2011). Those invisible barriers are real: The progression of first generation students through doctoral education. Equity & Excellence in Education, 44(1), 77-92. Retrieved from

    Or, other ones? (The references might only be visible if you're logged in . . . I'll have to check the settings here.)



    M Koole June 16, 2013 - 8:32am

  • Hi all,

    Based on my research in which I interviewed approximately 19 graduate students, "imposter syndrome" is fairly common, but to varying degrees. It also seems to come and go. In other words, it seem pretty normal to question one's abilities from time to time.



    M Koole June 16, 2013 - 8:37am

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