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Imposter syndrome is growing among professionals

New research has revealed that whilst only 15% of UK adults know what imposter syndrome is, more than three-quarters (77%) have suffered from it at some point in their lives. UK businesses may need to take this into account in their employee development and talent retention efforts.

The study asked people if they had ever felt undeserving of praise or rewards, felt unaccomplished or been fearful that they would be publicly revealed to be as not as smart as others think. It also asked if they had ever thought they didn’t deserve the success they’d attained, deliberately downplayed their efforts or considered their accomplishments to be a fluke. More than three-quarters agreed with at least one of these statements.

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