The 5 Types of


Imposter syndrome (also known as perceived fraudulence) is when you have constant feelings of self doubt and incompetence.

You feel like you're not good enough, doing enough or accomplishing enough in your personal, social or work life.

Over time, it can lead to depression, anxiety and feelings of worthlessness.

According to Dr. Valerie Young, there are 5 types of imposters

You focus primarily on how you do things, often to the point where you demand perfection of yourself in every aspect of life

The Perfectionist



The Natural Genius

You’ve spent your life picking up new skills with little effort and believe you should understand new material and processes right away


You believe you should be able to handle everything solo. If you can’t achieve success independently, you consider yourself unworthy

The Soloist


The Expert

Before you can consider your work a success, you want to learn everything there is to know on the topic

The Expert

You might consider yourself a fraud or failure when you can’t answer a question or encounter some knowledge you previously missed


You link competence to your ability to succeed in every role you hold: student, friend, employee, or parent


The Superhero

Failing to successfully navigate the demands of these roles simply proves, in your opinion, your inadequacy


The Superhero