What is Self Confident? Why Is It Important?

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In this article, I invite you to take a look at our relationship with ourselves and our lives by asking the question “What is self-confidence?. Psychology will guide us in our efforts to understand ourselves and our lives through the concept of self-confidence

Self-confidence is one of the most important concepts that determine (and show) how we lead our lives. In this article, you will find answers to the following questions:

  • What is self-confidence?
  • Why is self-confidence important to us?
  • How do we build self-confidence?

First of all, let me briefly discuss a few concepts that are close to the concept of self-esteem and are therefore confused from time to time.

What is Self?

It is a concept that defines our perception of ourselves in all aspects. The self is the sum of our convictions about our own personality. It is only the self that we can see that emerges when we return to our inner world. When we look at it this way, we can talk about positive self or negative self perception. Roughly speaking, our view of ourselves can be positive or negative.

What is Self-Esteem or Self Respect?

Self-esteem is our degree of appreciation of our self. Self-esteem is accepted by some experts as the emotional side of our self. From this point of view, high self-esteem means not to like ourselves but to find ourselves valuable.

What is Self-Efficacy?

Self-efficacy is a concept in which we evaluate our abilities, skills, capabilities. Self-efficacy expresses our belief that we can do a job successfully, that we can handle a job. Used for more specific situations. The answers to the questions like : ”Will I be successful in mathematics? ”,Will I be able to overcome my responsibilities in marriage?

What is Self-Confidence?

If you are interested in psychology, one of the first things you should be prepared for is that many concepts in psychology do not have a single definition. These concepts are used in many different ways according to many theories and theorists. The same applies to the concept of self-confidence. Therefore, when you search for the answer to the question “What is self-confidence?, the result can be varied. Here I would like to share with you some of the concepts of self-confidence in the psychology literature. Perhaps, after the definitions I will share, you can produce your own definition of self-confidence.

“Self-confidence is one of the most important determinants of behaviors and the individual has positive self-judgment, beliefs that he / she can controls, loves himself / herself, thinks that he / she is sufficient, realizes his / her value, makes peace with himself / herself, accepts himself / herself as he / she knows himself / herself. is a concept. ”

Why is Self-Confidence Important to Us?

Self-confidence is an extremely important concept for us people. Many studies in the field of psychology address the relationship between self-confidence and human behavior.

If you have a high level of self-confidence, you are a self-confident and willing to succeed, undaunted by difficulties, optimistic, open to new ideas and experiences, researcher, comfortable in human relations, caring, responsible and progressive person. Your high self-esteem also helps you to perceive yourself as a respected and worthy, useful and important person.

If your self-esteem is low, you will see yourself as unsuccessful and worthless, and you will avoid exchanging love for fear of rejection. You believe that you cannot solve your problems in daily life, you constantly carry the stress and anxiety of helplessness. You are quickly affected by what is happening around you and you experience a life dependent on others.

What Are the Types of Self-Confidence?

In psychology, there are two dimensions of self-confidence about the person: the perception of being lovable ”and“ being adequate ”. This perception about ourselves develops as a result of our relationships with our family and close environment throughout our lives starting from infancy. Mother, father, aunt, and so on. we always carry the effects of our relationshipS. As we start school, our teachers and friends become important assets to us. As a result of all these relationships and experiences, we tend to perceive ourselves as valuable or worthless, sufficient or inadequate.

Research on people with psychological problems shows that lack of self-confidence leads people to a sense of inadequacy and profound discouragement.

Two different approaches to self-confidence and external self-confidence are mentioned in the psychology literature. Internal self-confidence, our belief that we are satisfied and at peace with ourselves and what we feel about it; external self-confidence, on the other hand, is the image and behavior that we give to the outside in the form of self-confidence.

We have said above that basic childhood experiences largely shapes self-confidence. Depending on our childhood experiences, some of us may develop internal self-confidence and some may develop external self-confidence. Some of us may both develop, while others may remain low.


  • Your internal self-confidence is intact, you may exhibit the following attitudes: self-knowledge, self-love, setting clear goals and positive thinking.
  • Your external self-confidence is intact, you can exhibit the following attitudes: healthy communication skills, self-expression, self-expression, control of your emotions, and so on.
  • You have high self-confidence, you will not be jealous of others and avoid behaviors that may adversely affect their lives. You can even try to make others happy. However, if you have low self-confidence, you will be jealous of others.
  • You are low self-confident, you cannot strive for your happiness; because you may have accepted unhappiness at the beginning and conditioned yourself that the situation will not change.

Suppose your efforts and achievements as a child were appreciated, but your physical appearance was criticized. In this case, your inner self-confidence develops, while your external self-confidence may develop.

Although self-confidence is a psychologically simple trait, it is variable and interconnected with many other features. It is not a congenital feature, it is a central feature that develops gradually from childhood. Life-long frustrations and mental injuries systematically damage one’s self-confidence. The more disappointing he / she experiences throughout his / her life, the less self-confidence and fears increase. Therefore, the concept of self-confidence is closely related to optimism and pessimism. Human beings have certain abilities and different levels of intelligence. Perhaps the most important point is that human beings are never born as self-confident ”or lack of self-confident individuals. The formation and development of self-esteem is entirely related to life.

How Do We Build Self-Confidence?

We can talk about four factors, three basic and one additional in the formation of self-confidence. This is not an approach I have come across in the literature. So it shows a perspective that I have and I want to share with you. The factors that I think are effective in shaping our self-confidence are as follows:

Congenital Traits

Congenital traits (genetic effect) indicate the potential we have. It provides a reference to what we can do and how much. For example, even though we didn’t know exactly how much it was, we all have intelligence. The smarter ones are more likely to be more successful than others. Those who are tall are more likely to be successful in basketball. The same applies to our physical properties. Some of us may be more attractive than some of us. All of this can be effective in shaping our perception of ourselves.

The Way We Are Raised

Let us think of all the genetic material we have brought from birth as a paste. The people we are born and raised in have the power to shape this dough. If our parents make us feel that we are a loving being ”, then we experience ourselves as a loving being.. If they make us feel that we are a “flawed being”, we perceive ourselves as a “flawed being and nurture“ intense feelings of shame about ourselves.

The Social Environment We Live In

Just like the way we are reaised, the social environment we live in has an impact on us. In other words, not only what our mother says, but what our neighbor says affects our self-confidence. Like our friends and teachers, we can evaluate the effects of all the people we deal with in this group.

Our Own Attitudes

This part states that our current position of self-confidence has an impact on us. Yes, some of our attitude comes in nature, and it may have been shaped by others outside us for a time. However, after a certain time, I think we have the right, the chance and the responsibility to shape our own. I will try to discuss how we can do this later in the article. But I want you to know that the effort to rebuild our inner world and our lives will be one of the most important efforts that make us human. Because animals don’t have such power and responsibility.

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Sefa Ozer
Sefa Ozer
Currently studying psychology and researching cognitive behavioral therapy. Also have studied comprative literature,interested in gender studies,. Loves helping people playing video games, music and dancing.
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