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Resilience & Imposter Syndrome

Thank you for your time and attention, it was a pleasure to speak to you at your regional leaders meeting in Cambourne and I truly hope that you found the session and your discussions useful.

If there are any issues or questions you would like to discuss following the session please feel free to contact me, either at kate@kateatkin.com or 07779 646976.

On this page you will find some extra information based on my own research and that of other experts relating to resilience and the imposter syndrome, including a TED Talk and a tips booklet on resilience. We are still at an early stage in understanding the impact of the Imposter Phenomenon, especially in the workplace. Here's a link to the most recent research on IP in the workplace by TotalJobs, in collaboration with yours truly and Dr Terri Simpkin: TotalJobs Survey, and a little light reading on the bank robber behind the Dunning Kruger effect.

My interest is in understanding the most effective ways of managing those imposter feelings and passing on this information to others. As I mentioned, I have started (and paused!) my PhD research on this topic. If you are interested in keeping up to date with my research findings and musings on the topic, do sign up to receive my newsletter.

You can download the slides here: Regional Leaders Meeting slides

Strengths Questionnaires
https://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey (this is a free questionnaire)

You don't have to take a strengths questionnaire, strengths can be identified in other ways: by asking other people, by looking at the threads in the feedback you receive, and by knowing what you enjoy doing. Giving strength-based feedback to others will them them identify theirs too.

Resilience & Wellbeing

Here's a link to the New Economic Foundation's Five Ways for Wellbeing which we discussed.

The Skills for Care website has many useful tips and also their Greater Resilience Better Care booklet, contains the questionnaire that was in my slides.

Also see the Action for Happiness website and their Self-care September calendar.

This link will take you to Liggy Webb's "Little Book of Resilience" in pdf format

In a TED talk by Jane McGonigal she covers 4 key ways to build resilience
- skip to 12min 20 secs in, if you don't want to watch it all.

The book I mentioned which covers the ABCs of resilience is written by Karen Reivich, who has done extensive research in this area (I'm loathe to put up an Amazon link, other retailers are available!)

And if the topic of resilience is an area you, or someone you know, wants to learn much more about while preparing this page I discovered a "Coursera programme" taught by Karen Reivich from the University of Pensylvania's Positive Psychology School - while it's free to sign up, there is a charge after the first 7 days.

Finally, do have a browse around the rest of my website if you would like to know more about me and what I do. If you would like to keep in touch, then you can connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter or sign up to receive my occasional newsletter.

With best wishes


Kate Atkin on the imposter syndrome