Imposter Syndrome: Background information when reading Assembly

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Assembly

by Natasha Brown

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Assembly by Natasha Brown
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Imposter Syndrome

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Psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes first identified "imposter phenomenon," popularly known as "imposter syndrome," in 1978. It is characterized by a belief that one's success is accidental. Clance and Imes' research was based on high achieving women who couldn't accept the success they had created and were frightened others would find out they were frauds. Marginalized people can be especially vulnerable to imposter syndrome. Natasha Brown powerfully demonstrates the phenomenon in her debut novel Assembly. The narrator, a British Jamaican woman working in finance in London, questions herself and her success.

Argentine American journalist Marina Peña has published a powerful essay about her imposter syndrome as an immigrant. She recalls how it began after she received a scholarship to attend a private school in L.A. when she was 13 years old: "I quickly started to doubt myself. I felt like an outsider. I wondered whether I was even smart enough to be there, whether I...

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