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Academic conferences and the imposter syndrome

When your abstract gets accepted for that prestigious conference you feel great – for a moment – and then you realise you have to go and present your research. And there will be all those big names there. Those people … Continue reading

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A billionaire imposter

You can be a billionaire and still feel like an imposter. Mike Cannon-Brookes, the CEO of tech company Atlassian and a self-made billionaire talked about this recently. Follow the link to the story on Australia’s ABC website. Mike Cannon-Brookes story

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Explanatory Styles: Optimism and Pessimism

Martin Seligman is the father figure of positive psychology, but his early research was a bit less positive. He was looking at the concept of helplessness. What he did was create particular situations of helplessness, e.g. dogs got electric shocks … Continue reading

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The public speaker

Who hasn’t felt like an imposter when they think about standing up to give a public presentation? You might have to stand up in front of an audience, it could be a team meeting, a class seminar or a conference … Continue reading

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Thinking Errors 2: Moving the goalposts

A common way to discount our achievements is to move the bar higher or change the goalposts. At the start of a project, we tell ourselves that if we could just do a good job we’d be happy. But when … Continue reading

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Thinking errors 1: Black or white thinking

Most of us like to see ourselves as logical, rational people. We imagine that we look at the facts and draw sensible conclusions. But the reality is often different. While a lot of the time you might think logically most … Continue reading

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Real imposters

There are people who really are imposters. People who consciously pretend that they are something that they are not. Conmen, swindlers, people who claim qualifications or experience they do not have. The sign language expert who wasn’t In 2013, at … Continue reading

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