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Imposter Syndrome: Talking about our shared secret | Maryam Pasha | TEDxUCLWomen

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Published on Dec 31, 2015

Ever wondered if the people you work with will find out you're a fraud? You might recognise Maryam Pasha's story. She starts from the classic understanding of imposter syndrome, applies it to her own life, and updates it with a new recommendation: by talking about imposter syndrome, we can open the doors of this secret society and defeat the gremlins in our heads who tell us not to try, not to take a risk, not to ask for what we want.


Maryam specialises in designing unique and innovative experiences and events to communicate ideas to new audiences – especially around social issues like immigration and women’s rights, but also in the fields of technology and social entrepreneurship. She founded and hosts the annual TEDxEastEnd event and recently curated Inspiration Centraal, a festival of ideas for start-ups in Shoreditch.

Her training is in psychology and refugee care, and her experience includes social entrepreneurship, online communications and design, and running a charity to help disadvantaged women reach their career goals.

She is currently working on her first book, The Impostor, which will be published in 2016.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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