A Mindful Approach to the Imposter Syndrome - Learning to Overcome Self-Doubt

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

The imposter syndrome describes the feeling in individuals that their success and status are not due to talent but to chance or luck. It often goes along with the fear of being exposed as a fraud. This is a common phenomenon among doctoral students (as well as academics in general). It is helpful to recognize this tendency in yourself and to address it early on.

In-person Workshop

Thursday, December 8, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 9, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Dr. Taiya Mikisch




Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47*

Target Group

Doctoral students and postdocs




16 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus or Postdoc plus certificate

* The premises are not barrier-free. Please contact the Bonn Graduate Center if you need assistance.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© colourbox


Mindfulness is an effective technique that makes it possible to deal with these experiences of feeling like an imposter. The focus of this workshop is the practice of different mindfulness techniques that enable participants to create a healthy distance towards their self-doubt and find a friendly attitude towards themselves.


  • Research results on imposterism (to embed the individual experience in a larger context)
  • Practical exercises that help participants focus on their strengths and successes
  • Exchange among participants (this can weaken negative self-assessment)
  • Insights into resilience research and exercises that help widening the capacity to deal with challenging situations
  • Developing a healthy attitude towards mistakes and failures
  • Clarifying individual experiences of intention and purpose in relation to work
  • Practical, body-oriented exercises that can help to prepare for challenging situations or be used as „emergency-interventions“ in stressful moments


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141



Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

More Workshops?

Have a look at further workshops offered in our Doctorate plus program this semester.

Also see

Certificate Doctorate plus

Acquire the Doctorate plus Certificate in one of our three career tracks.

Qualification Program    Doctorate plus

Expand your skills with our qualification program Doctorate plus.

Newsletter - Bonn Doctoral Bulletin

Stay up-to-date on important topics on doctoral studies and subscribe to our newsletter.

Wird geladen