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Assess Your Level of Felt Fraudulence

I recently wrote a piece on Imposter Phenomenon (IP).

In it, I claim the problem of impostorism shouldn’t fall on the individual but on the systems themselves, whose baked-in inequity gives rise to the phenomenon.

I believe this, and hope you believe it, also.

Yet, it remains true that many people struggle with feelings of fraudulence. It’s crucial for everyone to understand the lived experience of this universal phenomenon.

My predilection for scouring vintage psychology texts and outdated psychometrics (yes, I realize this is an uncommon hobby; my ways are atypical) offers me insight into such experiences, and so I thought I’d share some of the scales used to measure Imposter Phenomenon and Perfectionism.

These scales are not for self-diagnosis or to suggest that IP is a clinical psychiatric disorder (it’s not). Instead, understanding that our distress is universal, can help us feel less alone and more connected.

These scales are for self-educational purposes, not diagnostic.

If you decide to use these measures, please remember to interpret the results only within the context of that specific scale. Don't try to apply the information to your life beyond this narrow context.


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