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Imposter Phenomenon – Dragonfly Mental Health

29 November 2022 @ 13:00 - 14:30

Imposter phenomenon, or the feeling that you don’t truly belong, is very common among academics. The presence of imposter phenomenon is not at all linked to one’s academic achievement record or the amount of effort put into science. A positive assessment of one’s achievements is only a temporary fix to relieve the anxiety imposter phenomenon can cause. The danger of impostor phenomenon, as in any other neurosis, is that it reduces one’s quality of life. Imposter phenomenon robs us of the joys life has to offer, in both everyday life and in the pursuit of knowledge.

In this seminar, we cover the definition of impostor phenomenon and its prevalence in the academic population.  We provide an overview of symptoms highlighting those seen in academic settings, and we facilitate community discussion on how to overcome impostor phenomenon in our individual lives.

  • Topics discussed:
    • Definition of impostor phenomenon
    • Prevalence of impostor phenomenon in the academic population
    • An overview of symptoms highlighting those seen in academic settings
    • Discussion on how to overcome impostor phenomenon

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Please direct any queries to doctoralschool@shu.ac.uk

Delivered by Olya Vvedenskaya for Dragonfly Mental Health, discussion facilitated by SHU staff


Dragonfly Mental Health are a global non-profit dedicated to cultivating excellent mental health among academics worldwide.


29 November 2022
13:00 - 14:30
Event Category:


Hybrid (online and on campus)


Sheffield Hallam Doctoral School
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