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Why Do I Feel Like an Imposter?: How to Understand and Cope with Imposter Syndrome

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Many of us share a shameful little secret: deep down we feel like complete frauds and are convinced that our accomplishments are the result of luck rather than skill. This is a psychological phenomenon known as 'Imposter Syndrome'. This book examines the reasons why up to 70% of us are developing this syndrome-and what we can do about it.

All of us, at one point or another,
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Watkins Publishing
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Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
"Why Do I Feel Like An Impostor? How to Understand and Cope With the Impostor Syndrome" by Dr. Sandi Mann is a well written guide to help any person or professional that may have felt incompetent or unsure about themselves, despite the years of training, the competencies, and degrees earned. A study has shown that over 70% of us probably suffer from Impostor Syndrome (IS), where you may believe that you are inappropriately claiming to be somebody you are not despite all the appropriate training, ...more
Jerawan Meesangnilverakul
เกิดมาเพิ่งเคยรู้เหมือนกันว่า Imposter Syndrome หรือโรคคิดว่าตัวเองไม่เก่งเป็นอาการทางจิต (ถึงทางการแพทย์จะบอกว่ายังไม่ถึงขั้นนั้น) มีอยู่ในสังคมของเรา และมีอยู่มานานหลายศตวรรษ

โรคคิดว่าตัวเองไม่เก่ง เชื่อว่าใครหลายคนอาจมีอาการของโรคนี้ คือรู้สึกว่าตัวเองทำอะไรสักอย่างสำเร็จ แต่คิดว่ายังไม่ดีพอ มักจะไม่รับการชื่นชมจากคนอื่น ทั้งๆที่บางที่สิ่งที่ทำนั้นดีอยู่แล้ว

สาเหตุที่หนังสือเล่มนี้สะดุดตาและสะดุดใจเราคือชื่อหนังสือ บอกเลยถ้าหนังสือเอาแค่คำว่า Imposter Syndrome มาจะไม่สะดุดใจเท่ากับคำว่า "ทำมากแ
Tatiana Shorokhova
Компактная и легко написанная книга, не раздутая бесчисленными повторами. Классификация людей с синдромом самозванца, примеры из жизни, ну и конечно, варианты выхода. Ничего особенного, но полезно иметь рядом, чтобы постоянно гнать самозванку из своей головы.
Saarah Niña
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a necessary read for anyone who suffers from Imposter Syndrome (IS) or has a loved one who deals with it. Before this book, I had no idea 70% of us have this issue. I thought it was like the 1%.
Clearly, everyone is ridiculously good at faking or hiding it!

After reading a book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle on a similar subject, I had this thought that there are probably those who are more likely to experience burn-out simply because they didn't like their job but
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I blame our parents, relatives and teachers. They always made us feel worthless, dumb, and small and held up others as being so much smarter. I have often felt like this and have even made Dean's List in college! My first academic job, I was actually asked by an aunt "Are you smart enough to work there?" Still feel like I'm faking it after 30 years in my field. I am grateful I've never been caught out and am close to retiring. All the brilliant people on this plant likely feel like frauds. Sad s ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, usa, self-help
This book strongly resonated with me, as imposter syndrome has dogged me for a long time; beginning when I started at university and continuing to the present both at work and socially.

Dr. Sandi Mann has neatly condensed the research into this short and easy to read book, self-assessment quizzes, case studies, and tips for overcoming imposter syndrome. I particularly liked how Dr Mann looked at how expectations around gender and social roles lead to different types of imposter syndrome for wome
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I switched from a true introvert job, researching new technology for a big company, to being a techie sales person. You betcha I feel like an imposter at times, even after decades, and feeling more so the more there is to learn. I found this book quite interesting, although the focus was not what I expected. A lot of the book focused on the difference between the sexes. According to the book, this is mostly thought of as a woman’s issue, but it impacts quite a few men as well. I found this part ...more
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stephbe

Heads up fellow coaches. This is a useful textbook for a really common client complaint.

Up to 70% of us have suffered from Imposter Syndrome. Interestingly only those experiencing some level of success get it.

This book covers what it is, why we get it and then delves into different types: women, men, parenting, social, students etc.
It’s packed full of tests, tips and interesting case studies.

I’ve already been able to lessen the burden of some clients imposter syndrome by applying what I have l
Noor Abu Hassan
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good book, great ideas, recommended.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Realistically a 3.5/5 stars. Thoroughly enjoyed reading chapters 1, 2 and 7. Not a fan of the chapters about women vs. men with IS though.
Jul 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simplemente decir que estos libros ¡ me encantan !
Me rindo :-)
Nilanee K
Learned a lot and was really informative. Had a few problems with the chapter about why men might feel like an imposter since women also experience the same things discussed in this section.
M Johana Areiza
Oct 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No sé si es po la traducción o si realmente la escritora es en exceso redundante, este libro pudo ser un artículo de dos páginas explicando el fenómeno, las ayudas terapéuticas dan la sensación de leer una revista de entretenimiento.
Entre mis libros
Jul 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro me estaba haciendo ojitos hace mucho porque "El síndrome del impostor" no me es ajeno, no recuerdo con exactitud en que momento pude darle nombre a algo que muchas personas me decían acerca de mi tendencia a minimizar mis logros, pero desde hace mucho trato de informarme al respecto, por eso este libro estará permanentemente en mi mesita de noche.

Pero ¿Qué es el síndrome del impostor? Es cuando sentimos que el éxito que tenemos es fruto de la suerte, de las circunstancias o del azar,
Grace Fox
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
finally, a self help book that actually offers something substantial. This was a pretty decent read- it did a very good job of explaining what that feeling is and where it can stem from as well as showing how very common it is which kind of has the effect of being a calming message because if almost everyone out there is feeling like an imposter too, you can keep in mind that no one really feels like they have it together or knows what they're doing even when it feels like everyone else got some ...more
Gabby Layugan
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
"Not a total elimination of it, but rather minimizing its effects."

An in-depth look on triggers, effects, and different forms of IS, extremely helpful for making me aware of how "normal" and different everyone experiences IS in everyday life.

I found the tests to help you profile your type of IS to be vital in slowly shedding light into the once secret "Impostor experience". The most important part are the structures Dr. Mann shared on the Tips and Strategies to defeat these lingering impostorish
Rebecca Anderson
Jul 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
this book was so well structured and very very useful for identifying & understanding imposter syndrome in myself and others. places i didn’t even know imposter syndrome can take place is talked about in this book i feel so supported and less isolated in these feelings. there were also some diagrams which i loved. some parts were quite repetitive and there were some spelling errors - but that’s just me being technical.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found this book very easy to read and the information was very straight forward. At the end of almost every chapter you have some tips on how to work on yourself, and I found that very useful.

Overall I enjoyed the book and I think it’s a very informative, helping you to at least understand the type of impostor syndrome you might have and it also gives you some tips to help overcome it.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It identified ‘syndromes’ that I, for the first time, related too. I appreciated the explanation of those and then the activities you are given to work through them.
It’s an easy read.
Carmen G. Aragón
Un libro muy recomendable para conocer un síndrome muy presente en la sociedad actual y del que apenas se tiene noticia (¡un 70% de la población lo ha padecido en algún momento de su vida!). Personalmente me ha resultado muy útil, y, también, para poder echar un cable a quienes lo sufren.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I just learnt that 70% of the world suffers imposter syndrome at one moment in their life. I don’t think the book gave me a lot of tools to cope with imposter syndrome but rather for me to recognise and somehow to live with it. It made me calmer definitely.
Shabir Brar
May 29, 2021 rated it liked it
That was insightful... feeling fake? Unable to truly enjoy your accomplishments? Judging your parenting skills ?
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uni-psy-mind
Great book to find out about the hidden IS types we could be from childhood to adulthood. Thank you so much Sandi Mann
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Ietsje te herkenbaar soms. Geen grootse inzichten, wel fijne reminders. Meer moet dat soms niet zijn.
Katie de Leeuw
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This book needs to go through another spelling and grammar check!!

As for the content itself, more guidance/exercises would have been nice.
Ben Rogers
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Short book, but had some really good lessons.

Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Overall, this book is... okay. There are some insights that are genuinely interesting, even striking, but on the whole, it tends towards being simplistic, repetitive and even bigoted. For example, there are instances of misogynism ('women may be programmed to be more sensitive than men') and there's coy dancing around outright calling homophobia 'homophobia' that makes me side-eye (e.g 'some sufferers come from family backgrounds where homosexuality is regarded with very negative suspicion and i ...more
Valerie Sherman
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good exercises and food for thought; I particularly appreciated her even discussion for men and women and her exploration of the reasons why some people experience this more frequently / strongly than others.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Why Do I Feel Like an Imposter is an excellent handbook on Imposter Syndrome (although the author argues that it's not a syndrome at all; rather, it's a natural part of human behavior). I frequently struggle with IS and in the past, I used to let it get the better of me, but with therapy (and LOTS of constant reminders to myself) I've more or less overcome it. The thing I like about this book is that it doesn't lump everyone into a single category. It breaks down IS according to population: men ...more
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