“Why does everyone suddenly seem to have impostor syndrome?”

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These days, the term “impostor syndrome” is thrown around pretty regularly and not just by celebrities. Young people are quick to use it when they are feeling less than confident in a role, whether it’s in their job or their social circle. But what does it actually mean when people say they have impostor syndrome and why does it seem like suddenly everyone has it?

As Jezebel points out, the concept of impostor syndrome seems to have resurfaced in 2012 after social psychologist and Harvard professor Amy Cuddy gave a TED Talk about feeling like a fraud and ways to overcome it (based on her research that has since been debunked). The talk, which has been viewed over 43 million times, seemingly resonated with viewers. In the years that followed, women from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to actress Emma Watson have publicly opened up about their impostor feelings, not to mention hundreds of young people online.

In many cases, these impostor feelings are actually a result of environmental factors. If you aren’t surrounded by people that look like you or there are perceived stereotypes about your race, age, or gender, you are bound to feel like you don’t belong.

Still, Dr. Young says that people can feel like impostors regardless of their environment. “If you are surrounded by people who look like you, but you are still operating from that warped impostor rulebook, nothing is going to change,” she said. “I recommend that people normalize self-doubt. You have to give yourself permission to be in a learning curve.”

While it might take some work to feel comfortable as an “impostor,” it’s important to remember that it is perfectly normal, especially now when social media has made it easier than ever to compare yourself to others.