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Discussion on: Coping with imposter syndrome

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Anna

There are two types of engineers: (1) Those who’ve experienced the infamous imposter syndrome and (2) those who won’t admit it.

Not to diminish anyone's struggles, but I'm pretty sure I don't have it.

What I think helped me was my school experience, which was very mixed: I was good at math and bad at physics, two seemingly similar subjects. So was I good or bad?

Nowadays, I prefer to say "I have experience with X" instead of "I'm good at X". Not having experience in an area doesn't carry the moral load of not being good - I was just busy gaining experience in other things. It also doesn't invite competition: so I've worked in front-end for 5 years - that's it. It doesn't mean I can't learn anything new, even from my juniors.

Maybe I should write an article on that. πŸ™‚