Self-confidence is a psychological quality related to (but distinct from) self-esteem.
Having high levels of self-confidence can have huge benefits for all areas of an individual’s life (including relationships, career, social life and state of mind) and many people who lack self-confidence aspire to be more confident. Self-confidence refers to having faith in your own abilities, and is usually considered to be made up of a variety of factors such as social confidence, stage presence, peer independence, physical presence and status confidence.
The good news is that self-confidence is a skill that can often be developed. The first step is to acknowledge the current level of self-confidence and the cause of low self-confidence, and then find ways to build upon this until confidence becomes a deeply ingrained quality. Self-confidence can be seen in a number of ways, such as in an individual’s body language, the way they speak, how they react to certain situations and their behaviour.
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Do you have low self-confidence?
Those who have high levels of self-confidence are often more positive about their abilities, whereas those who lack the quality generally have negative thoughts about themselves and their abilities. This is usually why those with low self-confidence seek to develop their confidence level.
If an individual has low self-confidence they will often feel:
- shy and uneasy
- uncomfortable in certain situations
- uncertain of themselves
- uncertain of their needs
- sense of worthlessness
- negative thoughts about themselves.
Causes of low self-confidence
How confidence developed throughout an individual’s early life and genetics are both thought to influence the current level of confidence an individual has. However this level can often be changed as everyone has the ability and skills to enhance their self-confidence. It is often the case that individual’s are simply unsure of how to use these skills to achieve an increased level of self-confidence, and need to be shown how.
Help for low self-confidence
Counselling, hypnotherapy and life coaching may be used to help an individual develop their self-confidence, and there are a vast number of books available with strategies and techniques to build confidence.
Hypnotherapy often has high success rates for helping those suffering from low self-confidence. Hypnotherapy seeks to determine the root cause of the low self-confidence and then find ways to resolve it. Hypnosis can reach the unconscious mind and modify belief systems, and replace negative thought patterns with positive ones. This can boost self-confidence and completely change an individual’s life.
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