The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

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The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

Format:  Paperback,

304 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Feb 2013

ISBN-13: 9780307452726

ISBN-10: 0307452727

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Feb 2013
ISBN-13: 9780307452726
ISBN-10: 0307452727
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304

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Review by Library Journal (2011-09-30)

When self-doubt prevented Young from starting on her doctoral dissertation, she came across a study of the "impostor phenomenon" in successful women-the feeling some women have that they have not truly earned their achievements. Inspired by the relevance of this concept to her own situation and that of many colleagues, Young began her dissertation research along similar lines. This book draws upon her research, her experience as a workshop leader and speaker, and her seven years as marketing director of a Fortune 500 company.

Rather than explaining how to become successful, the author teaches readers how to recognize that they already are. She focuses on why women are especially prone to this sort of negative thinking and shows how to overcome it to enjoy triumphs and gain confidence. Her advice is practical and insightful, with simple exercises and action steps en route.

Verdict: Given how prevalent the research shows this issue to be among successful women, the market for this book should be quite large. And the author acknowledges that men can also benefit from her book, though its focus is on the ways in which women experience the impostor syndrome.

-Carol J. Elsen, Univ. of Wisconsin-Whitewater

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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