Today's blog post, "Writers and Impostor Syndrome" is over at the blog of a Twitter friend of mine, Asheyna.
There’s a term used in academia that references a particular kind of depression common in graduate students: Impostor Syndrome.
Impostor Syndrome refers to a feeling that many high-achieving academics or students have that they don’t deserve their accomplishments; that they’re not really smart or up to par with their peers, and that one day something will happen to “unmask” them. They live in fear of the moment when everyone will discover they don’t actually belong with the other students.
Impostor Syndrome hits a lot of writers hard, because we’re always been told by other people how our individual writing experience should be. Because there’s no benchmark for writers — Word count? Consistency? Publication? Quality? — it becomes extremely difficult for us to measure our validity.
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