Have you ever had this feeling, that you are not good, skilled, knowledgeable, intelligent, or talented enough to do your job? That everyone around you knows what they are doing, and you are just getting on by sheer luck, favourable circumstances, and deceiving others that you are better than you actually are? That it’s just a matter of time when it will be discovered that in fact, you are a fraud, a phony, and an impostor? Well, my friend, you are not alone. Depending on sources, it’s said that up to around 90% of people in the tech industry had experienced impostor syndrome at some points in their careers and over 50% are dealing with it currently to some extent.
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In this article, we are going to look closer at the psychological pattern known by the names of impostor syndrome, impostor phenomenon, or fraud syndrome. We will explore some backgrounds, try to answer why it’s especially relevant to the software development industry, talk about a mechanism that strengthens it, explain why Read the rest of this entry »