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Here's some tips I picked up from the live chat:
- How do you know if you're suffering from impostor syndrome or just being self-critical? = When the self critiquing becomes debilitating.
- It's useful to be critical of your own practices and do some self-reflection, but not to the point that it paralyses you or you lose sight of what you're trying to achieve.
- Dealing with a PhD thesis can be like dealing with an unruly child! Parents often feel impostor syndrome too.
- Build your confidence by identifying what’s good about your work.
- You're not the only one feeling this way - it’s not unusual to struggle with a PhD
- All academics struggle at one time or another and no-one is perfect.
- There is no perfect research journey.
- You may feel it is difficult to disagree with supervisor, or that you're too inexperienced to question them, but research is a learning curve for students and supervisors, you can learn together
- Impostor syndrome does not relate to age – all students can feel it – those that feel too young, too old, too inexperienced, that they've been out of academia for too long etc.
- Your supervisor's opinion is not the be all and end all – widen your support network to include other academics in your field and seek other opinions on your work as well.
- Studies show that working/studying too much gives diminishing returns – need to make sure you have a good work-life balance
- Top tip for impostor syndrome – "Learning to Work" [PDF] by Virginia Valian – includes advice such as write for short periods and for the pleasure of it.
- A lot of the talk was about under-confidence but people in academia can also become over-confident and start showing academic arrogance or even become academic a**holes.
- You need to learn to trust yourself as a scholar.
- Impostor syndrome is a form of "performance anxiety".
- You aren’t an impostor if you're doing a PhD - you’ve got all the qualifications and got through the application process to get there in the first place!
- My work isn’t PhD standard… very common thought/experience – remember you will get to the point when you know more about your topic than your supervisor does!