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Have you ever sat in a room full of successful people and thought to yourself: “I don’t belong here. They’ll find out soon, and where will I be then?” If so, the truth is you’re far from alone in having those feelings.

Many successful people have high standards, which means we may judge ourselves harshly if we come up short. When our standards are high and our self-esteem is less than solid, we can experience “impostor syndrome,” feeling like our successes must be due to pure chance and that sooner or later, other people—real experts, unlike ourselves—will find us out.

Who suffers?

Ironically, the people most vulnerable to impostor syndrome ...

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