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Toastmasters International-Emotional Intelligence: The Self-Aware Leader

The Phenomenon of Impostor Syndrome and Mental Health

Are you struggling with impostor syndrome? Do you ever doubt your success? Have negative self-talk? Come up with excuses for your success? Feel your failures define you? You are not alone. This is classic impostor syndrome at work, explains Kevin Cokley, who invites you to join him and learn how to conquer it. You are deserving of your success, he emphasizes.


Kevin Cokley, PhD

Kevin Cokley, PhD Psychologist, researcher, professor

Kevin Cokley, PhD, is a proud African American psychologist, scholar, professor, husband, father, son, and brother. He holds the Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professorship for Educational Research and Development in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of both the University of Texas System and University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis, and Professor of Educational Psychology and African Diaspora Studies.

Cokley’s philosophy is captured in a quote by the Kenyan theologian John Mbiti: “I am because we are, and because we are, therefore I am.” He has an African-centered/Afrocentric worldview that sees people of African descent as central, rather than marginal, to human civilization. He also uses complex visual symbols, known as Adinkra of West Africa, to be connected to his African cultural heritage.

He is proud to be “a tireless defender of Black people and Black culture.” He says his book, The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism, aptly describes the priorities and guiding forces in his life.

Want to hear more from Dr. Kevin Cokley on the topic of impostor syndrome? Listen to this exclusive Toastmasters Podcast episode, where he demystifies this often misunderstood phenomenon. And in case you’re wondering if you have impostor syndrome, read this Toastmaster article, “A Surprising Truth Behind High Achievers.”

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