Tarnished Triumphs - New Study Looks at the Emotionally Corrosive Effect of Impostor Syndrome

MONTREAL, Quebec, Dec. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- On one end of the humility spectrum, there's the braggers. It doesn't matter if all they've done is fry an egg without burning it - the entire world must know of their accomplishments. Next, there's the humble-braggers. They think they're being modest when they insist that they don't understand why they received an award, why they got into the most prestigious university, or why they keep getting hit on, but in reality, they're fishing for compliments. The truly humble seek neither praise nor reward, and wouldn't care if not a single soul knew of their accomplishments. But the humility spectrum doesn't end there. People who struggle with Impostor Syndrome, take humbleness to a distorted extreme. Not only do they significantly minimize their accomplishments, they also see themselves as frauds, and undeserving of any recognition. Unfortunately, according to a recent study conducted by, low self-esteem isn't the only baggage these "impostors" carry with them.Analyzing data from 12,259 people who took the Emotional Intelligence Test, researchers at Queendom compared the scores of people who struggle with Impostor Syndrome to those who don't on a number of EQ traits. Here's where the two groups differed: (Note: Average scores are reported below, with the scores ranging from 0 to 100)SELF-ESTEEM

Score for high IS group: 23

Score for low IS group: 85


Score for high IS group: 36

Score for low IS group: 73

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