‘Imposter syndrome’ affects a third of millennials at the workplace

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The term “imposter syndrome” was coined in 1978 by two psychologists: Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes. It’s a peculiar psychological condition, widespread among successful people, which is characterized by the inability to internalize personal achievements and by the fear of being considered an “imposter.”

According to a new research, commissioned by career development agency Amazing If, a third of U.K. millennials suffers from this mental condition and 40 percent of young female professionals said they felt intimidated by their senior managers at their workplace.

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Cary Curtis, managing director of graduate recruitment agency Give A Grad A Go, said: “The anxiety of being ‘exposed as a fraud’ is extremely common amongst graduates and lack of experience could be the main culprit, especially for those who are moving into roles within highly competitive industries.”

A recent report, published by the Varkey Foundation, showed that young people in the U.K. have some of the poorest mental wellbeings in the world.

The research aimed at taking a deep look into how millennials really feel about their careers, revealing that confidence is a real issue.