Building Self Confidence


by: Brigette Meier

Several similar terms describe the central attribute of a character that decides on the strength of personality and the degree of inner freedom:

    * "self assurance" describes mostly the behaviour. Counterparts are insecure behaviour or shyness.
    * "self confidence" is the mental and emotional state that causes the outer appearance.
    * "charisma" is the effect that those have on others.

Self confidence doesn't mean being perfect or presenting oneself in a perfect way, but realizing and accepting own strengths and weaknesses, using strengths to reach aims and considering weaknesses as challenges, not insurmountable limits.

It can be observed that some children are by nature more actively exploring their environment than others. So possibly self confidence has a genetic foundation.

Still, all experiences that include social interaction, with parents, relatives, friends and classmates, influence the development of self esteem. Appreciation has a positive, rejection a negative effect. But unfortunately