2 February 2016 1 Comment
Jay Daniel Thompson is a researcher and editor who teaches at the University of Melbourne.
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The scene is a conference dinner. I’m seated at a table with a number of senior academics, all of whom have high profiles in my research field. The mood is convivial and the conversation, like the wine, is flowing merrily.
Yet, I find myself channelling Wayne’s World: “I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!”
Fast-forward two months: I’m in my home office, writing a journal article. My research has been extensive, and I think that my argument is promising. Even so, I can picture my peer reviewers just waiting to expose my intellectual unsophistication. Again, it’s a case of “I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!“.
Yes, I’m suffering from Imposter Syndrome.
Imposter Syndrome has been described as ‘that feeling that, regardless of your accomplishments, you’ll still be unmasked as a fraud.’
This ‘syndrome’ is not exclusive to academia, though it has maintained a powerful presence in the ivory tower.
From personal observation, Imposter Syndrome is especially prevalent among graduate students and early career researchers. It has, however, been known to affect even the most distinguished professors. Read more of this post