Lisa: You’re listening to Not Crazy, a Psych Central podcast hosted by my ex-husband, who has bipolar disorder. Together, we created the mental health podcast for people who hate mental health podcasts.
Gabe: Hello, everyone, and welcome to this episode of the Not Crazy podcast. I am your host, Gabe Howard, and with me is always is Lisa Kiner.
Lisa: Hey, everyone, today’s quote is The exaggerated esteem in which my life work is held makes me very ill at ease. I feel compelled to think of myself as an involuntary swindler. And that was said by Albert Einstein.
Gabe: Can you believe that Albert Einstein apparently had confidence issues?
Lisa: I was pretty shocked by that, yeah, his name is literally a synonym for genius, and yet he still had insecurity. We’re all doomed.
Lisa: If this dude is insecure, we’re all doomed. We’re doomed. There’s no way.
Gabe: Lisa, what we want to talk about is imposter syndrome and what that quote kinda says to me is a little bit of maybe insecurity or maybe even humility. Do you think that Albert Einstein suffered from imposter syndrome or is he just, like, shocked at his success? Or is it one in the same?
Lisa: I don’t know that you can diagnose neuroses or psychological problems to people you don’t know, especially people that are long dead, but no, based on the quote and the
quote alone definite impostor syndrome,
Lisa: Because he said the part about he feels like he’s swindling people. He’s conning people.
Gabe: Perhaps we should establish exactly what impostor syndrome is and how it differs from humility or even lack of confidence or.
Lisa: Well, we have a definition from the APA. Imposter syndrome or imposter