INTERSECTIONALITY AND IMPOSTER SYNDROME
Why do we need to think intersectionally when considering impostorism?
Imposter syndrome (or impostorism) is an internalised perception that you are not as good or as competent as others believe you to be and a fear of being ‘found out. Seeing oneself as an imposter is linked to the inability to internalise your achievements and accolades. The ‘imposter phenomenon’ was first noted in clinical settings with individuals feeling that they did not deserve their achievements and that they were in some way fraudulent, which in turn leads to maladaptive coping mechanisms (Clance, 1985). Clance noted six elements of the phenomenon including the imposter cycle, the need to be the best and/or stand out, superhuman aspects, dismissing praise and denying competence, fear of failure and fear of success. Since this initial conceptualisation, the phenomenon has been documented in various marginalised groups including people of colour. It is therefore essential that the structural realities, axes of oppression and their intersections be taken into account when considering impostorism. This workshop which will be facilitated by our very own Charlotte Maxwell aims to engage with intersectional thinking as related to the experience of imposter syndrome.
Charlotte is an aspiring clinical psychologist. She previously trained as a speech and language therapist and has extensive experience of working in mainstream and special needs education. Charlotte is an intersectional feminist, disability advocate and arts activist. She is currently completing an MEd Psychology conversion and works as a researcher exploring ethnic inequalities in mental health. In her spare time, Charlotte can be found painting, embroidering and attempting to enjoy yoga. At Race Reflections, Charlotte will be assisting in the development of several projects including the “Still I Rise” programme.
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