What is it about?

Self-compassion intervention has been proven to be effective in reducing a variety of psychological distress. This paper examines if a brief online self-compassion intervention can be used to reduce the commonly experienced impostor feelings among college students.

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Why is it important?

By examining a brief online self-compassion intervention to reduce the levels of impostor phenomenon, this study contributes to improving college students’ mental health. Our findings suggested that impostor phenomenon and maladaptive perfectionism have been reduced by the brief self-compassion intervention. This provides an important tool that could be used to tackle a salient mental health issue among the college student population.


As a counseling psychologist, I am very passionate about exploring ways to reduce individuals' psychological pain. Impostor phenomenon is something I often see in many of my clients. Examining interventions, like self-compassion, helps me and hopefully others gain insight into ways to alleviate impostor feelings and its impact on people, which I find to be very meaningful. It was also a great experience working with my two co-authors, who are also my lifelong mentors.

Shuyi Liu
San Francisco State University

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This page is a summary of: Effects of a brief self-compassion intervention for college students with impostor phenomenon., Journal of Counseling Psychology, July 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/cou0000703.
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