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IMPOSTER SYNDROME

MAY 2020

According to Psychology Today, imposter syndrome is “a psychological term referring to a pattern of behavior where people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.”

 

You might have experienced or are currently experiencing imposter-like thoughts or behaviors, particularly associated with your academic endeavors.

Through the following four modules, you will explore your relationship with imposter syndrome. You will learn the mental, emotional, physical and career-related consequences of this phenomenon. You’ll interact with peers to share stories and strategies for combating imposter syndrome. Finally, you’ll create a foundation to implement strategies to

embrace your greatness

and

own your accomplishments.

Graduates Holding Diplomas

Graduates Holding Diplomas

Good Grades

Good Grades

Graduation

Graduation

Informative Interview

Informative Interview

Image by Helloquence

Image by Helloquence

Image by Estée Janssens

Image by Estée Janssens

Image by Giorgio Trovato

Image by Giorgio Trovato

Image by Jason Leung

Image by Jason Leung

Handshake

Handshake

Checking Text on a Document

Checking Text on a Document

MODULE 1

What is imposter syndrome? Do I feel like an imposter?

May 3-9, 2020

View the infographic associated with the article Imposter Syndrome and Me.

After viewing the infographic and reading the article, journal about how imposter syndrome shows up in your own life. In what situations, particularly those related to academia, do you feel inadequate and why? What negative beliefs do you have about yourself that are associated with imposter syndrome? What factors, both internal and external, drive those feelings of inadequacy?

 

Use the below table as an example to help you organize your thoughts.

Imp Syn. Module 1 table

MODULE 3

Strategies to Combat Imposter Syndrome

May 17-23, 2020

MODULE 2

Consequences of Imposter Syndrome

May 10-16, 2020

Listen to the podcast Imposter Syndrome

After listening to the podcast and revisiting the infographic from Module 1, think about how imposter syndrome has had negative consequences in your own life.

 

Write a short forum post about these realizations. Title your post "Imposter Syndrome - Module 2."

 

Then, comment on two posts written by others who have different experiences.

It is often easier to help a close friend tackle imposter syndrome than to navigate our own feelings of inadequacy.

 

In a forum post, write a letter to a friend or loved one who might be experiencing imposter syndrome. In that letter, compassionately let them know you understand what might be going through and remind them of their greatness. Gently offer a few strategies to help them combat imposter syndrome, either learned from the reading or other suggestions you might have formulated based on the article. Title your post "Imposter Syndrome - Module 3."

 

Then, comment on two posts written by others. In your comments, discuss how you might respond if you were the friend to whom the letter was addressed. Do you feel supported and understood? Are the strategies easy to implement?

MODULE 4

Self-Reflection

May 24-30, 2020

Revisit your table from the Module 1 journaling prompt. For each experience listed, own your accomplishments and write your truth. Ex. I worked really hard on my poster and practiced my presentation many times. I earned that award! Then, journal about how you will actively work to remind yourself of your greatness every day to combat imposter syndrome.

Wrap-Up

10 Tips for Combatting Imposter Syndrome

In Collaboration with Dr. Zoë Ayres

May 31, 2020

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