We’ve all heard of Impostor Syndrome–where you don’t feel like you’re good enough for the level of responsibility you have. But, an article from Laura Bergells, Impostor Syndrome is not the problem. Expert Syndrome is caught my eye. Bergells writes:
It turns out, Expert Syndrome isn’t even real. It seems I made the term up in a fit of pique. Expert Syndrome doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry. Instead, it’s called the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
That’s not phrase parity. I’m gonna continue to call it Expert Syndrome, by cracky.
Because no offense to Dunning or Kruger, but people instantly know what I mean when I say Expert Syndrome. You see it everywhere.
If someone with Expert Syndrome browses an article about a topic, they feel they’ve earned a Ph.D. on the subject. If they do an hour’s worth of mediocre work, they update their resume with their accomplishments — then alert the media. They might be tone-deaf, but they believe they can win American Idol.
This is a serious problem in our society. So many people out there are claiming to be experts when they aren’t anywhere near to expert status.
To keep reading, click here: Forget Imposter Syndrome, It’s Expert Syndrome that Should Scare You