If you sometimes feel inadequate in spite of your successes or feel like a fraud when people commend your high achievements, you may the experiencing the phenomenon called the “impostor syndrome”.
The imposter syndrome gives the feeling that everyone will find out that you’re not good enough, even when you are great!
Below is how Wikipedia describes it:
Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.
Many studies have said that high-achieving women experience the impostor syndrome more than men.
Chika Okoro, a high achieving Stanford Graduate Business School student has experienced this syndrome. “Even though I know that deserve to be here, there is still a part of me that thinks that I am not good enough” she says in the video below.