My Impostor Syndrome

An Art Historian's Impostor Syndrome 1

Geoffrey Moss for The Chronicle Review

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Geoffrey Moss for The Chronicle Review

Every July, I wake up in the middle of the night with the sudden realization that summer is almost over. This is followed by mild panic, not because I have to teach in a month or six weeks, but because I know that my unrealistic research goals will not be met—again. That anticipation of failure leads to anxiety and shame.

The July panic is followed by a period of denial (it can't be July!), then mourning and procrastination (reading book reviews and