You have finally landed the promotion you’ve been working so hard toward. But instead of congratulating yourself, you’re suddenly stricken with self-doubt. You feel like a fraud and underqualified to handle the responsibility. If this sounds familiar, fear not. The impostor syndrome is an innate part of the human condition. Philosopher Alain de Botton analyzes the universal foible using a somewhat crass analogy. If you’ve ever felt out of your depth, de Botton reassures you that you’re not alone: It’s like that for most people, much of the time.
In this summary, you will learn
- What triggers feelings of inadequacy,
- Why you’re more like other people than you may think, and
- How you can overcome the impostor syndrome and embrace success.
About the Speaker
Philosopher Alain de Botton founded of The School of Life, an educational company that advises on life issues.