The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and how to Thrive in Spite of it

Crown Business, 2011 - 292 .
It's only because they like me. I was in the right place at the right time. I just work harder than the others. I don't deserve this. It's just a matter of time before I am found out. Someone must have made a terrible mistake.

If you are a working woman, chances are this internal monologue sounds all too familiar. And you're not alone. From the high-achieving Ph.D. candidate convinced she's only been admitted to the program because of a clerical error to the senior executive who worries others will find out she's in way over her head, a shocking number of accomplished women in all career paths and at every level feel as though they are faking itimpostors in their own lives and careers.

While the impostor syndrome is not unique to women, women are more apt to agonize over tiny mistakes, see even constructive criticism as evidence of their shortcomings, and chalk up their accomplishments to luck rather than skill. They often unconsciously overcompensate with crippling perfectionism, overpreparation, maintaining a lower profile, withholding their talents and opinions, or never finishing important projects. When they do succeed, they think, Phew, I fooled 'em again.

An internationally known speaker, Valerie Young has devoted her career to understanding women's most deeply held beliefs about themselves and their success. In her decades of in-the-trenches research, she has uncovered the often surprising reasons why so many accomplished women experience this crushing self-doubt.

In The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, Young gives these women the solution they have been seeking. 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 feeland actas bright and capable as others already know you are.

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THE SECRET THOUGHTS OF SUCCESSFUL WOMEN: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

  - Kirkus

A former marketing executive investigates the complex emotional response women have when dealing with success.Using a collection of anecdotes and reinforced stereotypes, Young reveals the secret ...

LibraryThing Review

  - CassandraT - LibraryThing

some useful parts on types of imposters. I've seen a lot of webinars on this topic but still got something out of the book

Consider the Source
Its Not All in Your Head
Hiding Out
The Competence Rule Book for Mere Mortals
Success and the Female Drive to Care
Is It Fear of Success or Something Else?
Why Fake It Till You Make ItIs Harder



Valerie Young is considered the leading expert on impostor syndrome and co-founder of Impostor Syndrome Institute. She's spoken to over half a million people at such diverse organizations as Pfizer, Google, Boeing, Microsoft, P&G, Carrier, NASA, National Cancer Institute, and over 100 universities including Harvard, MIT, and Oxford. Her advice has been cited in such publications as Time, Newsweek, Science, and O magazines and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald, and Globe and Mail. She lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Her book is available in five languages.