”Snart kommer någon få reda på att jag är en bluff”
: Om sambandet mellan impostor syndrome och arbetsrelaterad utbrändhet

Translated title of the thesis: ”Soon someone will figure out that I’m a fraud”: the correlation between impostor syndrome and work related burnout
  • Erika Hultbrant

Student thesis: Bachelor


This study investigated the correlation between the phenomenon of impostor syndrome and work-re-lated burnout. Impostor syndrome means that the person in question sees themselves as a fraud and does not deserve the success they have achieved. Having to constantly prove to yourself and others that you are good enough can lead to feelings of stress and exhaustion in the person experiencing im-postor syndrome. Previous studies suggest that there is a correlation between impostor syndrome and burnout in students, therefore it is important to investigate whether this association also can be found in other groups. The goal of this thesis has been to contribute to the study of impostor syndrome in workers. The study was conducted by asking respondents to answer a questionnaire about impostor syndrome and work-related burnout. Burnout is considered to consist of three different subcategories that should be measured separately (exhaustion, cynicism, and efficiency). The study's results were only partially in line with previous research where impostor syndrome had a positive correlation with exhaustion and cynicism. The study showed a negative correlation between impostor syndrome and effectiveness, something that has not been found in previous research. Suggestions for future re-search are to continue to have an increased focus on the working part of the population as much of the previous research on impostor syndrome and burnout only focused on students.
Date of Award2023-Jun
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorPer Davidson (Supervisor) & Peter Jönsson (Examiner)

Courses and Subjects

  • Psychology

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Psychology (50101)


  • Impostor syndrome
  • Burnout
  • Exhaustion
  • Cynism
  • Efficiancy
  • Work situation

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