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Equity Lens: Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is the internal pervasive feeling of inadequacy and self-doubt despite evident success and affects individuals across all walks of life. There are 5 types of imposter syndrome (Perfectionist, Expert, Natural Genius, Soloist, and Superperson). It can manifest itself at school, at work, at home, and in relationships. One study estimated that 7 in 10 adults experience it at some point or another.

Imposter syndrome can have a profound impact on military-affiliated individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals, women, and people with disabilities, amplifying the challenges they already face in their respective domains. They may face added scrutiny, stereotypes, and a lack of representation, leading to doubts about their accomplishments. Bias may be encountered that undermines their achievements and creates a sense of unworthiness.

To combat imposter syndrome, fostering inclusive environments that celebrate diverse accomplishments is crucial. Recognizing and highlighting achievements, providing mentorship and support networks, and challenging societal norms are essential steps in empowering our communities. By acknowledging and addressing imposter syndrome, we can cultivate confidence and resilience to embrace their true potential and thrive in their respective endeavors. Learn about other ways to combat imposter syndrome.

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