Resources for Impostor Syndrome, Empathy, and Advocacy

This is a list of useful links and information that I gathered while preparing a talk called “Impostor Syndrome: I have no idea what I’m doing” for That Conference 2017. This should not be considered a definitive list, but it’s a really good start.

Impostor Syndrome Links and Resources:

The Impostor Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention, The original 1978 article by Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes that coined the term “Impostor Phenomenon”.

Pauline Rose Clance, Ph.D.’s links on Impostor Phenomenon

The Clance Impostor Phenomenon Scale (CIPS), a self-scored quiz from Clance and Imes about impostor syndrome.

The Impostor Phenomenon, a 2011 review of psychological research on Impostor Syndrome from the International Journal of Behavioral Science.

Feel Like a Fraud? An article from the American Psychological Association

The Dunning-Kruger Effect, link to Wikipedia article. The term comes from their 1999 paper “Unskilled and unaware of it: How difficulties in recognizing one’s own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments.

Impostor Syndrome in Tech- Links and Resources:

I’m a phony. Are you?, by Scott Hanselman

The Impostor Within, by Clarice Bouwer

First time blogger, everyday imposter; by Kelly Rauderink on Medium.

Impostor Syndrome-Proof Yourself and Your Community, via the USENIX blog

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome, by Denise Paolucci:

The Impostor Syndrome, a talk by Chris Lema:

Catch Me If You Can — A Look at Imposter Syndrome, a talk by Amber Beerends:

Impostor Syndrome and Roller Derby:

Survival, On the Roller Derby and Tenure Tracks; By Kate Clancy. Published on the Scientific American Blog.

Dealing with Imposter syndrome in Derby and how to deal with size difference; a post on reddit’s /r/rollerderby/

Mental Health Links and Resources:, by @jace_harr, a good primer and help for those having trouble with self-care.

Mental Health in the Tech Workplace; by Derick Bailey (and Ed Finkler)

The Stigma of Mental Illness Is Making Us Sicker, by Michael Friedman Ph.D. via Psychology Today

Open Sourcing Mental Illness (OSMI) and the OSMI Podcast

Mental Health First Aid, a certification program to help identify people facing a mental health or substance use challenges.

The importance of self-care, a TED playlist

Prompt, an organization dedicated to having conversations about mental health in tech.

Empathy and Advocacy Links and Resources:

Microaggressions in everyday life, an article from Psychology Today.

What It’s Like to Be a Woman at a Tech Conference, by Chloe Condon

100 Demon Dialogues, by Lucy Bellwood

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a documentary

The myth of the ‘cool tech girl’, by Sarah Stockdale

Think Your Credentials Are Ignored Because You’re A Woman? It Could Be, by Tania Lombrozo via NPR.

Are men talking too much? (the website)

25 Famous Women on Impostor Syndrome and Self-Doubt, by Julie Ma, via The Cut

Meeting Shenanigans, Part 1, via Better Male Allies.

Six ways men in tech can fight sexism

Ada Initiative, supporting women in open technology and culture 2011–2015. Although they have ceased active operations, they released many of their materials under a Creative Commons license.

Black Girls Code, aiming to increase the number of girls in the digital space

BlackFemaleCoders tumblr page

Surviving as an Old in the Tech World, by Karen Wickre via Wired

PHP Mentoring, an excellent example of a formal mentoring group in tech.

The Hack and Tell Code of Conduct, which includes excellent rules like “no feigning surprise”.

That Conference Code of Conduct

I hope that this list of links and resources is useful to you. Thank you for your time and attention.