VANCOUVER: Imposter Syndrome and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves - Lean in Canada

Lean In Canada’s Vancouver Chapter welcomes Dr Dee Holstine Vander Valk to lead the discussion on Imposter Syndrome and other lies we tell ourselves.

  • “I’m not ready for that kind of responsibility”
  • “I don’t have the right skills/credentials for that position”
  • “My ideas won’t be taken seriously”
  • “Who am I to lead others?  I can’t even lead myself/my family”

If you are high-performing, high-achieving, intelligent, and driven, and you doubt yourself and your achievements, you have “Imposter Syndrome” (“Imposter Phenomenon in Clance & Imis, 1978).  Right?

But what if you’re wrong?  What if there is nothing ‘wrong’ with you, either?  What if what you’re feeling is where biases are colliding with your personal narrative?  In other words, what if you’ve been telling yourself a story that simply isn’t true?

These are complex ideas, and research is starting to emerge around the ideas of agency, confidence, biases, imposter syndrome, personal narratives (ego stories), and systems that prop up – or tear down – these elements.

Join Dr Dee Holstine Vander Valk CPC FTCLp for an open and informative discussion on this topic.

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