Unmasking the Imposter Syndrome

Dr. Valerie Young

Valerie Young (@ValerieYoung) is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker and world renowned expert on the imposter syndrome.

Valerie first experienced imposter feelings herself during her graduate program at the University of Massachusetts in 1982, and has studied the phenomenon ever since.

After 30 years of insight, in 2011 she published the award winning book “The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It“.

To date, she has taught her “How to Feel As Bright and Capable As Everyone Seems to Think You Are” program to over 80,000 people at organizations such as Boeing, Procter & Gamble, IBM, Apple, Chrysler, and Facebook.

In today’s episode we discuss the origins of the imposter phenomenon, why people experience it, who is most susceptible, why it can be harmful to our careers and mental health, and most importantly, how to overcome it.

 

Recommended Links

ImposterSyndrome.com

Thinking your way out of imposter syndrome – Valerie’s TED Talk

ChangingCourse.com – Turn your interests into income

Books Mentioned in This Episode

                    

 

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