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The Imposter Syndrome

Why do successful people often feel like frauds?

The Imposter Syndrome. CaRST Credit 3 hours. B: Personal Effectiveness Face to Face.

How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say "We need to have a chat".

The session will explain why high performing people often doubt their abilities and find it hard to enjoy their successes. It will also show the links to perfectionism and self-handicapping strategies such as procrastination, avoidance and overcommitment.

At the end of this session you will:

  • know what the latest psychological research tells us about the imposter syndrome is and how it operates
  • realise how widespread imposter feelings are and why highly successful people can feel like frauds
  • be aware of evidence-based strategies that reduce imposter feelings
The Imposter Syndrome
Target Audience All Postgraduate Research Students
CaRST Credit 3 hours
Domain B: Personal Effectiveness
Learning Outcomes B1
Mode of Delivery Face to Face
Pre-requisites None
Resources Not applicable

Hugh Kearns, ThinkWell
Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors. Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published ten books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

Provider Adelaide Graduate Centre
Evidence of Completion The organiser will provide students with a certificate upon completion of the activity
Enquiries CaRST
or 8313 5882
Dates 25 September 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm, North Terrace
Booking Face to Face and Live Stream: through the University Course Bookings system. Click on the 'Book Online' button below. Be sure to select the appropriate session depending on whether you would like to attend in person or watch the live stream.

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Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) Unit

Adelaide Graduate Centre
Level 2, Schulz Building
SA 5005


T: +61 8 8313 5882
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