What is impostor syndrome in psychology?

Also known as the fraud syndrome, this refers to the tendency among some to suffer from low self-esteem despite their high achievements in life. This happens because people suffering from the impostor syndrome are unable to internalise their achievements even though others praise them and recognise them for the same. Instead, these individuals attribute their successes to extreme luck or the inability of others to see through their imperfections. It was first proposed by American clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in their paper “The Impostor phenomenon in high achieving women”.

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