What is Self Confidence?

What is a good self confidence definition?

There are several definitions, it is better understood with it’s counter parts such as self esteem and self efficacy. It has some good definitions from the dictionaries, but also is a vaguely understood concept. Is it a personality trait or willingness to try?

A search in google gives you the following definition

A feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgement.

Merriam webster says

confidence in oneself and in one’s powers and abilities

Wikipedia says

The concept of self-confidence is commonly used as self-assurance in one’s personal judgment, ability, power, etc. One increases self-confidence from experiences of having mastered particular activities. It is a positive belief that in the future one can generally accomplish what one wishes to do.

Self confidence according to Mel Robbins.

In this video she says, confidence is not a personality trait whereas it is the willingness to try.

Whereas Albert Bandura says

Let us not confuse ourselves by failing to recognise that there are two kinds of self-confidence—one a trait of personality and another that comes from knowledge of a subject. It is no particular credit to the educator to help build the first without building the second. The objective of education is not the production of self-confident fools.

He uses the term self-efficacy to define a specific type of confidence that reflects the individuals confidence in finishing a specific task well.

It is important to talk about self-efficacy when talking about self confidence

Albert Banduras self efficacy is also spoken about as the components of self esteem by Nathaniel Brandon in his book “six pillars of self esteem”

Self esteem has two components according to Branden

  • Self efficacy: is one’s belief in oneself to perform a task well. This contributes to his self esteem. This is your belief about your competency in the knowledge of a subject.
  • Self respect: this is how you feel about yourself. Your thoughts and feelings about yourself and how much personal integrity that you have in terms of matching your actions up against your values.

Self confidence, self esteem and self efficacy in simpler terms

  • Self confidence: A general sense of trust in ones abilities, judgements and feelings. Confidence is intrinsic based on internal factors that is originating from within the individual.
  • Self efficacy: one’s belief and trust in himself in completing a specific task.  This is the competency of the individual in doing something.
  • Self esteem: Ones sense of his own value or worth. The notion that he can take up space and speak up. Knowing that he matters as much as anyone else. It is your attitude yourself. Self respect contributes your self esteem and it is primarily determined by how much you follow through your actions. That is, how much personal integrity that you have. It is also knowing that you are living aligned with your values.





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