Why Capable People Suffer from Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
Dr. Valerie Young
John Bahcall Auditorium
October 3, 2017
Millions of people around the world from CEOs to college students to A-list actors secretly worry they’re not as bright or capable as everyone thinks they are. It’s called the Impostor Syndrome — and Dr. Valerie Young has the cure.
In her decades of in-the-trenches research, Dr. Valerie Young has uncovered the often surprising reasons why so many accomplished men and women experience this crushing self-doubt known as Imposter Syndrome. Combining insightful analysis with effective advice and anecdotes, she explains what the impostor syndrome is, why fraud fears are more common in women, and how you can recognize the way it manifests in your life. With her empowering, step-by-step plan, you will learn to take ownership of your success, overcome self-doubt, and banish the thought patterns that undermine your ability to feel—and act—as bright and capable as others already know you are. In this seminar you will learn:
- Why Impostor Syndrome isn’t a fancy name for low self-esteem
- Creative ways impostors explain away their success
- 7 perfectly good reasons why smart people feel like frauds
- How your personal competence rule book may be setting you (or your employees) up to fall short
- Procrastination, perfectionism and other unconscious coping strategies “impostors” use to avoid being found out and the price they – and their organizations – pay for that protection
- Key reasons why women are both more susceptible to and held back by impostor feelings
- Practical steps to help yourself, your employees, or your college-age/bound children to interrupt the Impostor Syndrome and end needless self-doubt
Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-recognized expert on impostor syndrome and author of the award-winning book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It. Valerie is a former manager of strategic marketing and communications at CIGNA Corporation. Her career-related tips have been cited in The Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend magazine, Science, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Globe & Mail, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Mail, The Irish Independent, on BBC radio and in dozens of other popular and business publications around the world.