We're revisiting a topic that affects many — Impostor Syndrome. Who better to guide us through this complex pattern of self-doubt than renowned expert Dr. Valerie Young? It's been a decade since we last explored Impostor Syndrome on the podcast! Dr. Young, co-founder of the Impostor Syndrome Institute, joins us to shed light on the latest insights and information surrounding Imposter Syndrome.

In this conversation, Dr. Young takes a moment to articulate what Impostor Syndrome is and how it subtly infiltrates various aspects of our lives. She leaves us with a powerful mantra: “The only way to stop feeling like an impostor is to stop thinking like an impostor.”

In this episode, you’ll hear about:

  • Dr. Young takes a few moments to describe imposter syndrome and how it shows up in our lives (4:43)
  • Imposter Syndrome coping and protecting mechanisms such as overwork and over-prepare or procrastination (9:06)
  • What research shows about the competence of women in the workplace (15:44)
  • Rethinking risk-taking and cultivating “chutzpah” (16:20)
  • Dr. Young answers, “Some people say impostor syndrome is a good thing — do you agree?” (22:13)
  • Impostor syndrome demands immediate, usable solutions; the goal is not to “fix” anyone. (26:31)

Resources from this episode:
1:1 Coaching with Andrea
Dr. Valerie Young on Imposter Syndrome
Imposter Syndrome Coping Mechanisms

Book recommendations:You know how I love a good personal development book, right? I’ve compiled a list of book recommendations, as mentioned in past episodes. Check out these amazing book recommendations here. Happy reading! 

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Dr. Valerie Young is the leading thought leader on impostor syndrome and co-founder of Impostor Syndrome Institute.

In addition to speaking at over 100 universities in the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, and the UK including Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Oxford's Said business school, Valerie has shared her highly relatable and practical advice to executives, managers, and professionals at such diverse organizations as Google, Hello Fresh, Pfizer, BP, Boeing, JP Morgan, NASA, the National Cancer Institute, the National Basketball Association, to name just a few.

Valerie’s work has been cited around the world including in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Psychology Today, Science, The Wall Street Journal, O magazine, The Daily Mail, The Irish Independent, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Globe & Mail, and on NBC.com, BBC radio, and Yahoo Finance.

She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she studied internal barriers to women’s achievement. Although Valerie’s research subjects consisted of a racially diverse group of professional women, much of her original findings have proved directly applicable to anyone with impostor feelings.

Valerie is author of the award-winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: And Men, Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It with Random House now available in six languages.