Although millennials appear well spoken and well dressed in the corporate settings, many seem to be suffering from a disorder known as imposter syndrome. It appears that high-achieving millennials often feel like frauds who don’t belong in grown-up settings.
70% of young adults experience imposter syndrome, based on a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science (Forbes.com, 1 November 2016). While social media pressures play a role, this uncertainty also stems from their childhood. It appears that Members of the so-called Trophy Generation are extra vulnerable. Essentially, their parents sent mixed messages that jumped between excessive praise and criticism, according to an APA analysis of multiple research studies over the years. It has been proposed that in the workplace, Millennials feel like they have something to prove, more so when they acquire leadership roles that can make older coworkers uncomfortable. This dynamic heightens feelings of inadequacy.
So what is the antidote to imposter syndrome? It is suggested that one must recognize that it is based on irrational fears that other people suffer from as well. In fact, 62% of social media users experience feelings of inadequacy when other users post about their achievement, based on a Scope study.