(Original story published on July 18, 2016, on Mode.)
Since high school, we’ve gotten pep talks from peers and superiors in which they’ve chanted the old axiom “Fake it till you make it,” so we did. To feel cool at school, we blew our earnings from our minimum-wage part-time jobs on Guess crop tops and low-rise Parasucos. To get started in our careers, we embellished our experience, Googled a ton of stuff, and dropped a month’s rent on pricey designer handbags. So why do we still feel like we’re faking it? It’s called imposter syndrome.