Scientists say: the syndrome of the impostor in men and women manifests itself in different ways

Scientists say: the syndrome of the impostor in men and women manifests itself in different ways

Scientists say: the syndrome of the impostor in men and women manifests itself in different ways

We already talked about the imposter ‘s syndrome in some detail. And now just recall that it is an extreme degree of self-criticism and unhealthy perfectionism, a state where a person does not want and can not recognize his achievements, justifying them with the help of other people, by coincidence or something else.

A new study, PsychCentral writes, found that men and women with the imposter’s syndrome react differently to negative feedback. In other words, the imposter’s syndrome has obvious genderdifferences.

“If a man with a syndrome receives negative feedback and should be responsible for his work to the authorities, he is inclined to react to the situation more negatively. And this concerns not only the general condition, but also the quality of the work. On the other hand, women with the imposter’s syndrome do not show such deterioration in their work. On the contrary, they tend to make a double effort to achieve better results, “say researchers from the University of Munich named Ludwing-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen and Youngstown State University.

People who suffer from the imposter’s syndrome believe that they do not deserve what they have, and are sure that others around them overestimate their competence. Previous studies have shown that both men and women can exhibit characteristic symptoms of the syndrome, and that its victims are commonly found among those who have achieved more or less success in their work.

A new study, conducted with the participation of university students , was started with an online questionnaire, which enabled them to identify those who felt themselves to be an impostor. In the second questionnaire, participants were asked to answer the question used to determine which students should be admitted to graduate school.

After completing the first set of tasks, participants either received negative feedback (regardless of their actual work), or were falsely informed that the results would be provided to their current professor. “The male participants were more concerned with criticism and almost always refused to continue working. At the same time, the female participants put more effort into doing the task a little better after they received a negative feedback or found out that the assignment will be shown to the professor, “the authors of the study summarize.

The scientists note that although the study aimed at revealing the role of gender in the peculiarities of the manifestation of the impostor’s syndrome was not of a global nature, its results, however, can be used in works connected with this diagnosis. And they add that the results are generally correlated with the theory of the gender role, which suggests that in their professional activities, men are mainly focused on competence and productivity, whereas women tend to view work from a relational point of view.

“The fact that women are trying harder to work after negative feedback can be explained by the fact that their work will be evaluated by a person they know well,” the researchers explain.

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