Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Imposter Syndrome

Ever felt like you're not really competent to do hard physics things?  Like someone is soon going to find you out?  It turns out to be a pretty common thing.  I wonder if it's more common amongst physicists.  Anyway, Peter Coles, who blogs under an anagrammatic version of his name as, umm, erect poles, I think, has a nice post about it here.

I have certainly felt this way.  The fact that I don't so much these days is probably less a change in how I think of my own abilities, which probably never go up in time, but more a realisation that I am not so different to others.

1 comment:

  1. I am not a physicist; I just happened to stumble upon this blog post. With that said, I doubt that physicists question their competency/abilities any more than their colleagues in other academic fields or even in business. You won't believe how many times I've heard a brilliant IT specialist, Revenue Cycle manager, etc. question his/her ability to perform a task. :)

    In short, we probably all have these moments of self doubt :)