The imposter phenomenon in high achieving women: Dynamics and therapeutic intervention.

  title={The imposter phenomenon in high achieving women: Dynamics and therapeutic intervention.},
  author={Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Ament Imes},
The term impostor phenomenon is used to designate an int ernal experience of intellectual phonies, which appears to be particularly prevalent and intense among a select sample of high achieving women. Certain early family dynamics and later introjection of societal sex-role stereotyping appear to contribute significantly to the development of the impostor phenomenon. Despite outstanding academic and professional accomplishments, women who experience the imposter phenomenon persists in believing… 

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