Imposter feelings more common in fields that value “brilliance” over training: Study

August 6, 2021
A new study from the Journal of Educational Psychology has found that women, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows who are working in fields that are understood to value genius or “brilliance” over training are more likely to experience imposter feelings. Since imposter feelings can be linked to a lower sense of belonging within a field, the study’s authors recommended that imposter syndrome should be viewed as a workplace problem. “Rather than placing the responsibility on the individual, the focus should be, ‘What in the field or workplace can be changed so that people don’t question their ability and success?’” said lead author Melis Muradoglu. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)