The term imposter syndrome is often described as feeling that you are undeserving of successes.
The term was originally coined in 1978 in an academic paper exploring the connections between successful women and their feelings of “intellectual phoniness” (Clance and Imes, 1978).
Some research suggests that women are mostly impacted by imposter syndrome, whereas others suggest it can affect everyone.
Imposter syndrome can be linked with feeling like a fraud, having self-doubt, lacking in self-esteem or not having a sense of belonging. These thoughts and feelings may impact individuals regularly, or within particular situations.
I produced a set of visual responses that represent what happens when the thoughts and feelings of imposter syndrome fill the mind.
I began the visuals by using typographic stamps and ink, scanning in words, then manipulating them digitally. The visuals create a sense of chaos and being overwhelmed.