The Situation Even Successful People Like Einstein and Steinbeck Experience: Impostor Syndrome

Zeynep İrem Çobanoğlu

Zeynep İrem Çobanoğlu

Yeditepe Üniversitesi Psikoloji

Impostor Syndrome is a mood disorder that causes a person to see himself as an incompetent and incompetent person despite his past achievements. People with this disorder believe that their success is due to other factors and luck, and they describe themselves as a fraud.
The syndrome was first defined by psychologist Suzanne Imes in 1978, and it was underlined that the most important feature of the syndrome was based on the person’s self-perceptions. In other words, the person has a tendency to see himself as someone he is not.
The syndrome starts with intense concerns about performance, closing one’s perception to the outside world and all realities, turning to himself completely, and gradually begins to make negative and cruel judgments such as “you will never be enough”, “this is not your success, you were just lucky” .
One of the common features of people with this disorder is that they actually have tangible achievements in life. In other words, it is more likely to be found in people who have had a success in the past, who are perfectionist, anxious, and always chasing the best, rather than those who have never had any success.
One of the biggest causes of the syndrome is the anxiety of being in the wrong place. At this point, if the person is working for a reward or success that he does not like or does not feel like, he may feel inadequate because he cannot internalize his success. People with the syndrome avoid speaking in public, going on stage, and answering questions. They distance themselves from society for fear of “if they find out how incompetent I am” .
Famous people who have experienced the syndrome: Sheryl Sandberg, Albert Einstein, David Bowie, Serena Williams, Howard Schultz, Arianna Huffington

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