There’s an article this week on Science Careers talking about impostor syndrome. The writer does a good job exposing the problem:
“Impostor syndrome” is the name given to the feelings that Abigail and many other young scientists describe: Their accomplishments are just luck or deceit, and they’re in over their heads. The key to getting past it, experts say, is making accurate, realistic assessments of your performance….
Impostors have trouble putting those feelings in perspective and worry about their errors, not recognising that their colleagues make them, too. They also attribute their successes to luck or other factors beyond their control, while attributing the successes of their peers to skill….
[Career Counselor] Young says the root of the problem appears to be “very unrealistic notions of what it means to be competent” and says that people “set this internal bar exceedingly high.”
That’s just a taste of the article; I encourage you to click the link and check out the whole thing. And I’m not just saying that because I’m quoted in it.