Academic Culture Feeds the Imposter Phenomenon

Academic Leader

Do you sometimes feel incompetent, like you don't deserve the success you've experienced, and that it's only a matter of time before you're exposed as a fraud? If you answered yes, you're not alone. This "imposter phenomenon" is widespread among high-achieving people, particularly in higher education, where cultural factors contribute to the problem, says Diane Zorn, course director in the philosophy department at York University.

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