Imposter Syndrome and Procrastination


Are You Scared to Fail? The Relationship Between Imposter Syndrome and Procrastination

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Imposter syndrome and procrastination. Two common experiences that many of us are familiar with. But what do they mean, why do we feel them and how can we stop them negatively affecting our lives?

Imposter Syndrome
First identified in 1978 in by psychologists Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Ime, imposter syndrome is a feeling of self-doubt and of being a fraud, unable to accept that you have accomplished certain things despite evidence to the contrary. It affects high-achieving people more than any others.

The bedfellow of imposter syndrome is procrastination, the act of delaying or postponing tasks. We may procrastinate because we are afraid of failing.