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Men lack confidence dating

But there’s some comfort in the fact that other people can’t see it."The most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself," in the words of George Eliot in Middlemarch.

In a male-dominated workplace, it’s sometimes easier to avoid putting their head above the parapet.Almost without exception, the flicker of recognition is instantaneous when you mention the imposter syndrome.They all know what it means before you start to explain – they know what it feels like to pretend to be on the outside what you don’t feel you are on the inside.If an opportunity for promotion comes up, men do not seek affirmation, they’ll just wing it. Fear of failure." She’s the chief operating officer of Facebook, a successful woman, but she knows what it feels like.Women won’t put themselves forward unless they can prove they can do the job." It all goes back to childhood, according to Sherry, starting at around five years old when boys play rough and tumble games and take risks while girls tend to form small groups of two and three and talk about their play. So part of what’s holding women back is lack of self-belief and self-promotion.Maybe there’s a different way of looking at things.

Jon Dymond, director of the Hay Group management consultants firm, told a newspaper recently that managers "need to stop expecting women to behave more like men, and instead explore what they themselves can do differently".

There is now plenty of evidence that mixed boards mean better business.

Many top businessmen recognise that the dialogue is better and there’s more collaborative decision-making with women at the table.

Learning to take criticism seriously, not personally, is another.

And it should be remembered that everyone’s entitled to make mistakes from time to time – we need to learn from them and move on.

Organisational psychologist Mary Sherry recognises the difference between men and women at work.