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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, plus the Increasing Russian-Ukraine Conflict

Today, a national mindfulness expert helps us understand what makes some people feel unworthy of success, even though they’ve achieved it. Also, a Rice University political expert explains the latest developments in the current Russia-Ukraine situation.

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Have you ever felt like you weren't qualified or worthy of your accomplishments?

You find yourself doubting your abilities – feeling like a fraud and that somehow everyone else is smarter than you, despite all your hard work and everything you've achieved. So, instead of positively and mindfully accepting your achievement, you tell yourself you don’t deserve it.

Surprisingly, about 9% – 82% of people go around feeling this way about themselves – like they're an imposter. Albert Einstein went through it. Actors Tom Hanks and Viola Davis have even gone through it.

“What we should understand is that this imposter syndrome isn’t a medical condition, nor is it a mental health disorder. That's the good news! It's a phenomenon of an unhealthy bias we have about ourselves while struggling with our inner critic,” says Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Dr. Gail Gazelle.

But where do these thoughts and feelings come from?

How do they weigh us down?

And how can we overcome them?

Today, we tackle imposter syndrome as listeners call in with their questions, comments, and share their own personal stories. Additionally, we discuss the latest on the developments in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and try to understand how it will affect the United States.

Dr. Richard J. Stoll, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Political Science and Faculty Scholar, Rice University Baker Institute
  • Senior fellow and a member of the advisory council of the Institute for Sustainable Peace

Dr. Gail Gazelle

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Master Certified Coach for physicians and physician leaders

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