Dr. Valerie Young

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Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-known expert on the impostor syndrome and author of award-winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It with Crown Business, a division of Random House, now available in five languages.

Her career-related tips have been cited in these and dozens of other business and popular publications around the world and she’s been interviewed on countless programs including the BBC, Minnesota Public Radio, and Yahoo Finance.



Valerie Young’s career-related tips have been cited internationally in such publications as…

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About the Book:

“It’s only because they like me.” “I was in the right place at the right time.” “I just work harder than the others.” “I don’t deserve this.” “It’s just a matter of time before I am found out.” “Someone must have made a terrible mistake.”

If you are a working woman, chances are this internal monologue sounds all too familiar. And you’re not alone.

From the high-achieving Ph.D. candidate convinced she’d only been admitted to school because of a clerical error to the senior executive who worries others will find out she’s in way over her head, you’d be shocked at the number of accomplished women around you, in all career paths and at every level, who feel as though they are faking it–impostors in their own lives and careers.

While the impostor syndrome is not unique to women, for a host of reasons they are more susceptible – and it holds them back more.
They often unconsciously overcompensate with crippling perfectionism, over-preparation, by maintaining a lower profile, withholding their tal- ents and opinions, and never finishing important projects. When they do succeed, they think “Phew, I fooled ’em again.”

In her decades of in-the-trenches research, Dr. Valerie Young has uncovered the often surprising reasons why so many accomplished women experience this crushing self-doubt. In The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, Young gives these women the solution they have been seeking.

Combining insightful analysis with effective advice and anecdotes, she explains what the impostor syndrome is, why fraud fears are more common in women, and how you can recognize the way it manifests in your life. With her empowering, step-by-step plan, you will learn to take ownership of your success, overcome self-doubt, and banish the thought patterns that undermine your ability to feel—and act—as bright and capable as others already know you are.


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