In this episode, we are joined by Heather Mahalik to talk about the imposter syndrome.

Imposter syndrome is something that almost everyone experiences at least once in their career. Dr. Valerie Young describes it as a “distorted, unrealistic, unsustainable definition of competence.”

It does not matter how much or how little experience a person has, it happens to everyone. Wikipedia also describes it as “a psychological pattern in which one doubts one’s accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.”

Imposter syndrome can surface in multiple ways including:

  • Believing you or your work is not good enough.

  • Devaluing or delegitimizing your works because you believe there are people out there who know what to do better than you.

  • Doubting your value once you comprehend how much you don’t know about a subject.

  • Thinking “why me?” when presented with opportunities, because you think there may be someone who can do it better.

  • Stressing out about the potential of people realizing your vulnerability and how much you don’t know.

  • Needing approval or validation through reviews and positive feedback to help prove your worth.

Listen to the full episode to learn more about imposter syndrome and how it affects people in the field of digital forensics on a daily basis.

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