They believe that only they are aware of their limitations, near misses, and potential for error. They attribute their success to luck, not ability. In an attempt to maintain an illusion of perfection, they avoid situations in which they might not be the best. This is called Impostor’s Syndrome.
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What happens when students begin to doubt that they are gifted? When they fear that they aren't as smart as people have said? What happens when they feel like frauds and want to quit?