Do you ever feel like you don't belong? Like the ideas you have, and the research you do isn't really good enough and you are waiting for someone to find you out?
The Imposter Syndrome is a real psychological phenomenon that people face, students, Ph.Ds, and even people in their careers. Feeling like an imposter can cause anxiety, fear, and depressive thoughts, but we want you to know that you are neither an imposter, nor are you alone in feeling this way.
This episode we talk about causes of the Imposter Syndrome, why it is normal, and how understanding the Dunning-Kruger effect can explain why you used to feel confident when starting your education or research, but might now feel like an imposter. We wanted to shed light on a common phenomenon and give you some explanations about why we start to lose confidence and feel insecure or incompetent as we move further and further into our research.
This is part one of a two-part topic. In Episode 6 we will discuss how the Dunning-Kruger effect can be navigated by knowing how to spot bad science and by developing critical reading and research techniques.