Workshop Overview

Imposter syndrome: Fake, Fraud or Fact of Life?


Working in academic environments we are all academic high achievers – at least to the ‘man and woman on the street’. The challenge however is that we are surrounded by people who are equally high achieving, and so it can be difficult for us to recognise our skills. This is known as the Imposter Syndrome and symptoms include:

1. Secretly worrying that others will find out that you’re not as bright and capable as they think you are?
2. Shying away from challenges because of nagging self-doubt?
3. Hating to make a mistake, to be less than fully prepared or doing things less than perfectly?

These are classic symptoms and are understandable. The good news is that we are far from alone, and there is plenty that we can do to overcome the situation. This workshop will explore:

  • The history of the Imposter Syndrome
    • What is it and what causes it
    • Why having the Imposter Syndrome is good news, and perfectly normal
    • The symptoms of this syndrome – how to spot it in ourselves and others
    • What we can do to interrupt the patterns of behaviour, both for ourselves and those that we manage
    • Practical tips for managing the causes, symptoms and effects of the syndrome

This pragmatic and highly participative one day workshop will ensure that participants become more aware of the syndrome, how it affects them, and what they can do to make sure that the effects are appropriate, managed and do not adversely affect performance.

Participants will leave with a raft of tools and techniques to enable them to manage their experiences of the Imposter Syndrome, ensuring that self-esteem, confidence and performance do not suffer as a result.

Places are limited. Please email for further information or to reserve a place. Priority will be give to Early Career Scholars. Tues 16th Sept, 10.30am (for 11am prompt start) until 1pm, University of Bradford.



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