"It was surprising to know that it really doesn't matter what level you're in. People just deal with it all the time."
Have you ever had that unsettling feeling that somehow you're not quite good enough at your job, and that your co-workers and bosses will discover you're a fraud?
It's a pressure that bears down on the technology community and it's called Impostor Syndrome. Coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne Imes, Impostor Syndrome refers to high-achievers who are unable to genuinely accept their accomplishments, attributing them instead to luck, coincidence or some other intangible.
In this projekt202 podcast, Senior UX Designer Kim Harris explores this surprisingly common syndrome, her personal experience with it, and helpful advice for conquering it.
Among the highlights in Kim's podcast:
-- "We're all responsible for the amount of effort that we put into our careers. The whole 'woe is me' mentality really doesn't have any validity, but I also don't see our society changing significantly enough where it's no longer an issue."
-- "Whether or not we're meeting a challenge successfully, sometimes it comes across as, 'Oh, I just got lucky that time,' but in reality, we are perfectly qualified to be doing the job that we're doing. I think we underestimate the ability that we each have."
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