Understanding and Managing Imposter Syndrome 

Date: 9 June 2021, 11.30am - 1.30pm (UK Time)

Speaker: Dr Natalie James

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“I feel like a fraud”, “I don’t deserve to be here”, “I’ve just been lucky”, “people will find out that I don’t know what I’m talking about”.

If you have ever thought any of the above, then you have likely experienced ‘Imposter Syndrome’.

Imposter Syndrome is very common in research and academia, where our own and our organisation’s expectations are high. Imposter feelings are not limited to those early in their career.Imposter Syndrome affects people at all career stages and is typically more prevalent amongst women and people from other underrepresented groups. It is estimated that over 70% of us will experience a level of Imposter Syndrome at some point in our working life.

The good news is, that although they might show up from time to time, there are some useful strategies for keeping imposter feelings at bay and for coping with them when they arise. During this online 2-hour interactive workshop, we will explore the phenomenon of Imposter Syndrome. We will look at its possible triggers and potential consequences, and consider some approaches for handling the associated thoughts and feelings. You will have the opportunity to discuss and share experiences with other members and will come away from the session with some useful tools and techniques to help you recognise and deal with Imposter Syndrome if it shows up for you. 

Attendees and SEB members who are unable to attend the event will have access to a “Managing ‘Imposter Syndrome’” tip sheet. This will be located under the “MySEB” -> “Career Resources” section of the SEB website. 

Who is it for?
Students, researchers and academics who identify with ‘Imposter feelings’ and/or have an interest in finding out more about what ‘Imposter Syndrome’ is, how and when it shows up and what to do to manage it when it does.

Learning Outcomes

• To explore what we mean by ‘Imposter Syndrome’ and consider the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that might accompany it
• Identify any scenarios that might trigger your inner ‘Imposter’ critic
• Consider a range of strategies that can help you to manage Imposter feelings
• Share experiences amongst a supportive group of peers

Registration for SEB members is now open via the following link SEB Member Registration: Understanding and Managing Imposter Syndrome
Non-member registration will open shortly. 


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