What it's like to be a trans scientist with imposter syndrome


Imposter syndrome is a deep feeling of doubt over your accomplishments that haunts academics with an internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud,” despite years of diligent work. It manifests as a depressive self-image: “I don’t belong here.” For me, it manifests in debilitating anxiety attacks during which I doubt my self-worth and spiral until a due date forces me to get up, get to work, and take action.

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