Tim Myers

Now I am become Coder, the destroyer of bugs

Imposter Syndrome

05 November 2018

Imposter Syndrome - Denver Coder

Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a problem for developers regardless of experience. It could be your first day developing or your 12,000th day. So you might be asking, “What is imposter syndrome?”, well, I’m glad you asked.

Definition

Impostor syndrome also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.

Dealing With Imposter Syndrome One of the best ways to combat imposter syndrome is to mentor someone. As a junior developer working for a company you will rarely be the “expert” in the room. If you mentor someone less experienced than you, you get a chance to be the expert. This is one of the greatest ways you can help alleviate this feeling. From God to Loser in 12 Milliseconds.

Software developers tend to only have two emotions. Either you are a programming GOD or you are a total Loser. Maybe you just fixed a terrible bug that no one else could solve and you feel elated, only to move on to the next project and feel like a dunce again. It happens, its a cycle.