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.
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.