Cover design for The Imposter Cure by Jessamy Hibberd
Imposter syndrome is a phenomenon where people believe they are not worthy of success. They convince themselves that they have done well due to luck and are terrified their shortcomings will eventually be exposed, making it impossible to enjoy their accomplishments. Self-doubt is foreign only to true imposters. The rest of us have experienced this feeling at least once and know how toxic it is. Psychologist Jessamy Hibberd reveals the mechanism of the syndrome and teaches techniques for dealing with it effectively.
The imposter syndrome is similar to the feeling of a rookie juggler in the circus: he expects only the wrath of the audience and his immediate expulsion from the troupe, while not realizing he has long and skillfully been juggling burning balls, not dropping a single one.