We’ve all been there…
“Today I feel much like I did when I came to Harvard Yard as a freshman in 1999,” said Natalie Portman at a recent Harvard Commencement address. “I felt like there had been some mistake, that I wasn’t smart enough to be in this company, and that every time I opened my mouth I would have to prove that I wasn’t just a dumb actress.”
Apart from serial narcissists, no one is immune to self-doubt or the fear of failure that fuels it. Likewise both men and women can suffer from what psychologists have dubbed the Imposter Syndrome, when we fear being uncovered as a fraud, unworthy of our success.
But whether we’re just more open about it than the fellas, it’s seems women struggle with it far more than men.