Self-Confidence & Self-Esteem

What is self-confidence?

  • Confidence in one's abilities, qualities, and judgement; confidence in oneself.--Oxford English Dictionary
  • Belief or assurance in oneself, trusting one’s abilities, judgements, or decisions, either in general or in relation to a specific situation or activity. Also called self-assurance. --A Dictionary of Psychology

what is self-esteem?

  • Self-esteem, Sense of personal worth and ability that is fundamental to an individual’s identity. Family relationships during childhood are believed to play a crucial role in its development. Parents may foster self-esteem by expressing affection and support for the child as well as by helping the child set realistic goals for achievement instead of imposing unreachably high standards. Karen Horney asserted that low self-esteem leads to the development of a personality that excessively craves approval and affection and exhibits an extreme desire for personal achievement. According to Alfred Adler’s theory of personality, low self-esteem leads people to strive to overcome their perceived inferiorities and to develop strengths or talents in compensation. --Britannica School
  • Good opinion of oneself; high self-regard; confidence in one's own worth or abilities. Also: one's own estimation or evaluation of oneself. --Oxford English Dictionary


  • Consumer Health Complete
  • CREDO Topic Page: Self-Esteem
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center
  • Health Source Consumer Edition
  • MAS Ultra
  • Oxford Referene Online

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  • Self-Esteem ego, pride, self-regard, self-respect



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