imposter syndrome

the name given to the common phenomenon where graduate students might feel like a fraud or believe that they did not earn their accomplishments (including admission to school) and/or that they are not as good as their peers. Importantly, this is to the exclusion of evidence and lived reality. The term was initially most associated with women, but can affect anyone.

Check out “Who Do You Think You Are?” a podcast about imposter syndrome from Emory graduate scholar Sam Horwitz