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14th May 2020

Survey reveals a large amount of workers believe they have impostor syndrome

Alan Loughnane

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Effective communication is also seen as the best attribute in a workplace.

Impostor syndrome, which is the overwhelming feeling that one doesn’t deserve one’s success, is common among workers in Ireland, according to a new survey.

The survey was conducted by in their Workforce Survey Series and found that 38% of workers have suffered from impostor syndrome, with women more likely to suffer from it, according to the survey.

It found that 42% of women have suffered impostor syndrome, while 35% of men have felt this way.

“[Impostor syndrome is] frequent anxieties and doubt about one’s accomplishments, which are often accompanied by a fear of being exposed as a fraud or a ‘fake’,” Joanna Murphy, CEO of said.

It also revealed that the ability to communicate is a standout attribute and 37% of respondents hold it in the greatest esteem.

“Effective communication with your colleagues and your customers is absolutely integral for a fully functioning and well-performing team and organisation,” Murphy said.

“Regardless of your approach to work, whether you prefer to put your head down and plough through on your own, or you love collaborating and bouncing ideas off co-workers, communication in the workplace is unavoidable.

“How you develop those skills can greatly influence your career and can have a big impact on your daily experience in the office,” Murphy added.

A recent study published in the International Journal of Behavioural Sciences said that as many 70% of people could experience impostor syndrome at some point in their life.

The study looked at findings from Dr Pauline Clance, which found some people had a pervasive psychological experience believing that they were intellectual frauds and feared being recognised as impostors, and led to some people suffering from anxiety, fear of failure and dissatisfaction with life.

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