Oberlin College and Conservatory

Impostor Syndrome: Workshop Series

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Third World House (Price House), Third World Library
100 Forest Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Have you ever felt like an impostor? Are you working hard to overcome a fear of failure? Are you sometimes convinced that you are only here because you got lucky? If you feel or have felt this way during your academic career, or work with others who express this senetiment, there is a term for that (Impostor syndrome) and this workshop is for you!

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud." 

Impostor experience can take form differently for everyone. Some common signs that someone may be feeling like an impostor are:

Undermining one's own achievements
Fear of failure
Discounting praise

Impostor experience can present itself through thoughts such as:

"I must not fail"
"I feel like a fake"
"I just got lucky"
Impostor experience may be accompanied by anxiety, stress, or depression.

This is the first of a four-part series of workshops geared toward combating impostor syndrome. Other dates are February 22, March 1 and 8.

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Administrative, Counseling Center, Student Academic Services, CLEAR - Center for Learning, Education, and Research in the Sciences

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Nicollette Mitchell

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