The Imposter Syndrome is a psychological condition in which people are unable to internalize their successes. Instead, they attribute failures to ability, and successes to luck or other external factors.” This article will explore this syndrome, the causes of it, and how we can help children who have it by doing things like praising them for what they do well. One study found that “when individuals with impostorism were praised for being intelligent after performing poorly on a task (rather than praised for being good at something else), then subsequent performance improved.

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“If you know a child struggling with these feelings please go over some good ways of helping him/her feel better about themselves! “Children who develop the Imposter Syndrome may struggle with feelings of inadequacy for a variety of reasons. Some may be faced with the struggle to succeed academically, and will attribute their failures not just on lack of ability but also on an inability to measure up in other areas.”

A failure at one task can have long-term ramifications because it is internalized as evidence that they’re incapable, rather than being attributed to something outside themselves like circumstances or luck. “It’s our responsibility as parents and mentors..to praise children when they do well (and avoid putting them down), give them opportunities where there are clear expectations, make sure we don’t criticize too much, encourage help-seeking behaviors from both others and self by providing social support.” Experiencing these symptoms often coincides.

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