I sometimes think Igained my presentsuccess because Ihappened to be inthe rightplace at the righttime or knew theright people.If I’m going toreceive a promotionor gain recognition ofsome kind, I hesitateto tell others until it isanaccomplished fact.I usually assumethat when peopleare complimentingme, they are justbeing nice.Sometimes Ifeel that mysuccess hasbeen the resultof some kind oferror.I feel that Ishould beable to doeverythingmyself.I tend to rememberthe incidents inwhich I have notdone my best morethan those times Ihave done my best.I’m often afraidthat I may fail at anew undertakingeven though Igenerally do wellat what Iattempt.I rarely do aproject ortask as wellas I’d like todo it.When I’ve succeeded atsomething and receivedrecognition for myaccomplishments, Ihave doubts that I cankeeprepeating that success.I’m disappointed attimes in my presentaccomplishmentsand think I shouldhave accomplishedmuch more.I have oftensucceeded in atask even though Iwas afraid that Iwould not do well.At times, I feelmy successhas been dueto some kindof luck.Sometimes I’mafraid others willdiscover howmuch knowledgeor ability I reallylack.I’m afraid peopleimportant to memay find out thatI’m not as capableas they think I am.I often comparemy ability to thosearound me andthink they may bemore intelligentthan I am.When people praiseme for something I’veaccomplished, I’mafraid I won’t be ableto live up to theirexpectations ofme in the future.I feel discouragedif I’m not “the best”or at least “veryspecial” insituations thatinvolveachievement.I often worry aboutnot succeeding witha project, eventhough othersaround me haveconsiderableconfidence that I willdo well.I can give theimpression thatI’m morecompetent thanI really am.I have adread ofothersevaluatingme.I often holdback whenworking in agroup orteam.It’s hard for me toacceptcompliments orpraise about myaccomplishments.If I receive a greatdeal of praise andrecognition forsomething I’veaccomplished, I tendto discount theimportanceof what I’ve done.I rarely makedeclarativestatementslike "I knowthe answer".

Impostor Syndrome Bingo - Call List

(Print) Use this randomly generated list as your call list when playing the game. There is no need to say the BINGO column name. Place some kind of mark (like an X, a checkmark, a dot, tally mark, etc) on each cell as you announce it, to keep track. You can also cut out each item, place them in a bag and pull words from the bag.


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  1. I sometimes think I gained my present success because I happened to be in the right place at the right time or knew the right people.
  2. If I’m going to receive a promotion or gain recognition of some kind, I hesitate to tell others until it is an accomplished fact.
  3. I usually assume that when people are complimenting me, they are just being nice.
  4. Sometimes I feel that my success has been the result of some kind of error.
  5. I feel that I should be able to do everything myself.
  6. I tend to remember the incidents in which I have not done my best more than those times I have done my best.
  7. I’m often afraid that I may fail at a new undertaking even though I generally do well at what I attempt.
  8. I rarely do a project or task as well as I’d like to do it.
  9. When I’ve succeeded at something and received recognition for my accomplishments, I have doubts that I can keep repeating that success.
  10. I’m disappointed at times in my present accomplishments and think I should have accomplished much more.
  11. I have often succeeded in a task even though I was afraid that I would not do well.
  12. At times, I feel my success has been due to some kind of luck.
  13. Sometimes I’m afraid others will discover how much knowledge or ability I really lack.
  14. I’m afraid people important to me may find out that I’m not as capable as they think I am.
  15. I often compare my ability to those around me and think they may be more intelligent than I am.
  16. When people praise me for something I’ve accomplished, I’m afraid I won’t be able to live up to their expectations of me in the future.
  17. I feel discouraged if I’m not “the best” or at least “very special” in situations that involve achievement.
  18. I often worry about not succeeding with a project, even though others around me have considerable confidence that I will do well.
  19. I can give the impression that I’m more competent than I really am.
  20. I have a dread of others evaluating me.
  21. I often hold back when working in a group or team.
  22. It’s hard for me to accept compliments or praise about my accomplishments.
  23. If I receive a great deal of praise and recognition for something I’ve accomplished, I tend to discount the importance of what I’ve done.
  24. I rarely make declarative statements like "I know the answer".