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Imposters: Who Are They?

Who experiences imposter syndrome? Are imposters born or made? Is it an individual phenomenon or a product of our culture?

Where Do Imposter Feelings Come From?

Imposter feelings are persistent doubts in one’s abilities and the fear of being found a fraud, despite evidence to the contrary. But where do they come from? Is it the much worse, grown-up version of the tooth fairy? Except when she visits our houses at night, she doesn’t leave money, she leaves self-doubt and a sense of impending doom.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter syndrome originated in 1978 with Drs. Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes, psychologists with Georgia State University. Initially focusing only on women, they suggested imposter syndrome was the manifestation of internalized social expectations. Women were regarded as less capable, so the cognitive dissonance that occurred whenever they achieved something would be resolved by […]

Personality Tests: Why They Shouldn’t be Used for Hiring

Personality tests, like horoscopes, seem accurate because of the Barnum Effect. “The phenomenon that occurs when individuals believe that personality descriptions apply specifically to them (more so than to other people), despite the fact that the description is actually filled with information that applies to everyone.” Britannica wesbite (1) Origin Stories The popular Myers-Briggs personality […]

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Hi, I’m Jamie. Resume rescuer & executive search researcher based in Calgary, Alberta. This blog is about looking for jobs, writing resumes & making work better. As someone with disabilities, I’m especially interested in workplace diversity, equity & inclusion.

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