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Imposter phenomenon

The imposter phenomenon (also known as imposter syndrome) refers to high-achieving people who, in spite of objective evidence of their success, suffer permanently from self-doubt as well as from the fear of being unmasked as “fakers”.

Imposter feelings can already occur in children as young as 10 to 12 years of age. The imposter phenomenon can even manifest itself in gifted people. This can have a stronger impact on groups that are underrepresented in gifted education. Social stereotyping and different kinds of discrimination also play an important role in this.

The authors Nicole Miceli and Anne-Kathrin Stiller have developed this glossary together with the Fachportal Team. The glossary was translated by Daniel Shatwell and edited by Lisa Trierweiler.