myPostdoc Monthly: Managing Impostor Syndrome
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myPostdoc Monthly: Managing Impostor Syndrome

The Impostor Phenomenon (Clance & Imes, 1978) occurs when accomplished professionals feel as if they are fake or undeserving of their positions or accomplishments. In this webinar, we will define and talk about the impostor syndrome and we will identify why it disproportionately impacts academics and people from marginalized groups.

11/7/2018
When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: NPA staff
301-984-4800


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The Impostor Phenomenon (Clance & Imes, 1978) occurs when accomplished professionals feel as if they are fake or undeserving of their positions or accomplishments. It is a cognitive and social distortion which prevents individuals from internalizing success, compliments, praise, and any sense of accomplishment. In academic environments, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty are particularly susceptible to the Impostor Syndrome—often feeling as if they do not deserve the term “expert” and other well-deserved recognition. In this webinar, we will define and talk about the impostor syndrome and we will identify why it disproportionately impacts academics and people from marginalized groups. Participants will also have space for self-reflection, and meaningful discussion about how to manage the impostor syndrome.

 

Postdocs can assess their own level of imposter syndrome here: https://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/3803

 

Sarah J. Blithe, Ph.D., is associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Blithe is an expert in organizational communication and specializes in gender and inequalities in work. She is the author of Gender Equality and Work Life Balance: Glass Handcuffs and Working Men in the U.S., which won two national outstanding book awards, and the recipient of other high-profile research and teaching awards. In addition, she is the CEO for Equilibrium Consulting, Inc., a management learning and instructional design firm. Blithe earned her doctoral degree in organizational communication at the University of Colorado Boulder, and an master's degree in international and intercultural business communication at the University of Denver. Despite all of these accomplishments, Blithe regularly experiences the Impostor Syndrome.

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