50 Dr. Valerie Young – Overcoming Impostor Syndrome


Dr. Valerie Young on The Stay Inspired Podcast with Kongit Farrell

Our guest today is Dr. Valerie Young, an internationally recognized expert on impostor syndrome. Valerie has delivered her often humorous and highly practical approach to overcoming impostor feelings at such diverse organizations as Boeing, Facebook, Intel, Chrysler, Apple, IBM, American Women in Radio and Television, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and over 80 other colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Japan. Valerie’s award winning book, “The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It”, is now available in five languages. Listen in to today’s episode to find out how people end up suffering from impostor syndrome, and what you can do to have success in spite of it.

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“[People with impostor syndrome] often confuse confidence with competence.” – Dr. Valerie Young

Show Notes:

  • What impostor syndrome is and what it is not
  • How people end up suffering from impostor syndrome
  • How impostor syndrome can be passed through generations in very subtle ways
  • The way that people suffering from impostor syndrome justify their own successes
  • How the negativity of impostor syndrome can serve the one suffering from it
  • The adverse effects of impostor syndrome beyond your own mind
  • Why women, people of color, and other minorities are more susceptible
  • How those affected by impostor syndrome can take steps towards overcoming it’s effects
  • Why Valerie recommends that sometimes it’s best to keep pushing forward regardless of how you feel
“You can’t control what other people think. All we can control is how we respond.” – Dr. Valerie Young

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“Basically, [people with impostor syndrome] feel like they’ve somehow flown under the radar undetected, and it’s just a matter of time before they’re found out.” – Dr. Valerie Young




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About Kongit

Kongit is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA – 97773) and her therapeutic approach is eclectic, but firmly rooted in CBT, Narrative and Solution-Focused methodologies. She is an EMDR therapist and is completing advanced course work in Sex Therapy at The Buehler Institute of Orange County. Kongit is the Founder of the Inspired Journey Counseling Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

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