I started graduate school recently. A professor was talking about impostor syndrome and said that everyone goes through it. They made a joke saying that if you don't feel like an impostor, something is wrong.

Well, I certainly don't feel like an impostor. I'm doing well in my studies and a professor even said that I'm doing "outstanding".

So, is there something wrong with me that I feel confident in my abilities?

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    No. Check back in a few years to let us know how you feel then. – Anonymous Physicist Nov 3 '16 at 19:51
  • @AnonymousPhysicist What if I still don't feel like an impostor then, is something wrong? – user41631 Nov 3 '16 at 19:56
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    I you think there is something wrong with you because you feel confident in your abilities then you have impostor syndrome :-) – gnasher729 Nov 3 '16 at 19:57
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    The beginning of graduate school may be early to feel it, in general. – Federico Poloni Nov 3 '16 at 20:27
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    This question could, in itself, be evidence of imposter syndrome :-P – Flyto Nov 5 '16 at 16:39

This professor was just trying to reassure the folks who are feeling doubtful or worried.

Bottom line: if you feel worried about something, that's okay, it's a common phenomenon, and feeling that way is nothing to worry about; if you don't feel worried about something, great! No need to feel worried!

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