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2. Is It a Psychological Disorder?

Impostor syndrome is not a recognized disorder, and experts consider it more a pattern of thinking. The experience may be fleeting and occur after a major accomplishment or public recognition, but it can also be pervasive throughout all areas of a person's life. Someone with impostor syndrome dismisses her successes as other people believing that she is more competent or intelligent than she really is. Some experts believe the syndrome may share a link with generalized anxiety disorders.

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