• Shreya Basu

you are not a fraud

First described in 1978 by psychologists, Drs. Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, imposter syndrome refers to an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. While this definition is usually applied to intelligence and achievement, it has links to perfectionism and the social context as well.


I may have lost track of the number of times that I have felt this way. Thinking that the incredible milestones in my life have been a result of luck and not so much the hours of hard work spent on getting the results.


The thing is, I am not alone in feeling this way either.


Impostor syndrome doesn’t discriminate. It can happen regardless of the level of success a person has achieved only being amplified more now in ways as a result of social media.