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Imposter syndrome: why some of us doubt our competence / Stephanie, John
Nursing Times, Volume: 115, Issue: 2, Pages: 23 - 24
Swansea University Author: Stephanie, John
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“The Impostor Phenomenon” or “Impostor syndrome” is described as intense feelings of fraudulence and self-doubt in the face of success (Clance & Imes, 1978). The phenomenon was first defined by Clance and Imes (1978), who established that many high achieving women doubt their expertise and feel...
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“The Impostor Phenomenon” or “Impostor syndrome” is described as intense feelings of fraudulence and self-doubt in the face of success (Clance & Imes, 1978). The phenomenon was first defined by Clance and Imes (1978), who established that many high achieving women doubt their expertise and feel they have fooled others into believing they are more capable than they are. Rather than being attributed to ability, success is deemed to be a result of external factors such as luck, hard work or fooling others into overestimating competence (Clance & Imes, 1978; Mount, 2015). The Impostor Phenomenon is pervasive and is said to have been experienced by seventy percent of the population at some time in their lives (Gravois, 2007; Mount & Tardanico, 2014). This pervasiveness is particularly apparent in environments where intellect is central to credibility and success. It is therefore unsurprising that the Impostor Phenomenon thrives in academic contexts (Kets de Vries, 2005; Siriwardena, 2013).This thesis provides a reflective Auto-ethnographic exploration of the Impostor Phenomenon associated with the transition from Nursing practice into the prestigious world of Nurse education. The main objective is to establish the implications of the Impostor Phenomenon on educational practice and to identify whether professional identity, the academic context and gender are contributory.Achieving an authentic insight improves the potential to provide management recommendations for the Impostor Phenomenon (Sherman, 2013). This is of particular interest given its prominence and potentially destructive nature (Hutchins, 2015). The Impostor Phenomenon is associated with poor student evaluations and directly influences employee performance and retention. Exploration of the phenomenon related to educational practice is therefore of particular relevance (Hutchins, 2015; Zorn, 2005).The Auto-ethnography aims to alter perceptions, inform the present and reshape the future of my educational practice (Custer, 2014; Sykes, 2014). It is also hoped that it will resonate with readers, promote awareness and generate understanding related to the profound nature, implications and contributory factors of the Impostor Phenomenon (Ellis, 2007; Muncey, 2011)
Imposter syndrome. Academia. University. Professional identity. Gender.
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