(23 May 2017) Impostor syndrome is the term used to describe feeling like an impostor or ‘fraud’, that you don’t deserve your status, and that your successes are simply down to chance. It’s normally attributed to highly qualified individuals (like researchers), so it may come as no surprise that the topic is becoming increasingly discussed in academia. As one article in The Times Higher Education observes, “Impostor syndrome is rampant throughout academia.” There are also blog posts and *almost* daily tweets about the phenomenon.
So, what exactly does impostor syndrome look like? Why is it so often discussed in academia?
Taylor & Francis discusses the issue on its authorservices website.