Question: The impostor syndrome seems to be common in academia and there are quite a few questions about it. I wonder if there is something like the inverse impostor syndrome.
I'm not referring to the Dunning–Kruger effect, I don't feel particularly superior to anyone. That's not it. Metaphorically: I don't feel like I have a greater slice of cake because I don't see any cake, even though everybody speaks about how big, moist and delicious their slices are and how knowledgeable they are about cakes.
To me, everybody feels like an impostor. (And everything feels like a lie)
Is there a name for this feeling? I deeply and seriously wonder about how accurate and shared it may be, if it has a name then most likely I'm not alone in this and therefore maybe I would not be completely mistaken.
End of the question.
Examples (in case you need them, I work in computer science):
- Head of the department speaking about "big data" for an excel file of several megabytes.
- Planning setting the deadlines looking exclusively at the calendar (and not the work).
- Gantt where activity A ends before activity B starts. A requires B.
- Becoming an expert on a topic overnight because it's trendy and a buzzword.
- Correcting English grammar and paper structure, for the worse.
- Paper reporting evaluation results before any code has been written.
- Paper reporting evaluation results when the code does a different thing.
- Coauthoring a paper, without even laying their eyes on it.
- Directing a thesis, not checking the formulas, only the "easy" parts.
- A researcher makes the GUI, gets all the credit.
- Constant meetings with no agendas or minutes (or effects)
- Micromanaging without actual managing
- Powerpoint before actual research or Powerpoint instead any research
- Re-selling old ideas with new labels and minor cosmetic changes that are for the worse
- Most of the tweets with the tag #overlyhonestmethods. However that's being sloppy, I mean being an impostor, focusing solely on how things look because:
- Doing some research formally (writing proofs) and empirically (developing a system and testing it with a benchmark, creating a benchmark!) and writing about it on a paper takes much longer than
- Writing some fiction on a paper, which anyway takes much longer than
- Subliminally collaborating on a paper and putting your name in it.
BTW: one of the problems why there are so many impostors (as I see it) is that open source code is not requested.