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The Impostor syndrome: developmental and societal issues

Author: Kets de Vries, Manfred F. R. INSEAD Area: Organisational BehaviourIn: Human Relations, vol. 43, no. 7, 1990 Language: EnglishDescription: p. 667-686.Type of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask us for this itemAbstract: This paper discusses the role of impostors in society. Psychodynamic inferences are made about the origin and characteristics of this particular character type. Comparisons are drawn with the "as if" personality. Differences between people who feel impostrous and the true impostor are elucidated. Finally, the case of Refaat El-Sayed, a recent example of an impostor in business is presented
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This paper discusses the role of impostors in society. Psychodynamic inferences are made about the origin and characteristics of this particular character type. Comparisons are drawn with the "as if" personality. Differences between people who feel impostrous and the true impostor are elucidated. Finally, the case of Refaat El-Sayed, a recent example of an impostor in business is presented

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