First, let me clarify this post is in jest (can you see me typing with my tongue firmly planted in cheek?).
Of course I don’t think all mediocre white men feel this way.
Next, I need to share the volume of messages, comments and emails I received after my impostor syndrome post.
Most shared personal stories, but many asked if I thought men struggled with impostor syndrome as much as women.
I don’t believe they do.
With absolutely no research, no reading and no visits to Google I’d assert two things.
- Men, if they experience impostor syndrome, seem to react to it by overcompensating not shrinking back.
- Men appear somehow more prone to misplaced confidence not to constantly questioning themselves.
Which leads me to the point of my post and what popped in my mind after opening each email or reading a direct message.
The sentiment started as a quote from writer Sarah Hagi and exploded in the form of memes, t-shirts, tank tops etc.
And it cracks me the hell up.
In the it’s funny because it’s often true way and because there’s nothing I love more than a brazen woman who’s not afraid to speak her mind.
Today, mid-holiday haze, I give you my short answer to your question of whether I think men struggle with impostor syndrome.
By way of Sarah Hagi.
Via a tee I plan to gift myself.
- Do you think impostor syndrome is more a woman’s struggle? Why or why not?