Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome involves

"...successful people...... believe that they haven't really earned their spots, and are at risk of being unmasked as frauds at any moment. Many people deliberately seek out easy tests where they can shine, rather than tackling harder material that isn't as comfortable..."

Megan McArdle, 2014

Linked with this is self handicapping = deliberately doing things that will hamper performance so that provides an excuse for not doing well, such as a student going to a movie rather than studying for the exam the following day. This can provide an excuse if he/she fails.

 

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