Welcome to Self Confidence 101…
The Concepts of Self-Confidence
There are several popular theories concerning self-confidence so let’s take a look at a few of the most popular.
1. Sociometer Theory
Mark Leary is the social psychologist behind the Sociometer Theory. His research on self-confidence focuses on evolutionary psychology.
This theory suggests that a person measures their self-confidence by the extent to which they’re included or excluded by others.
It means that while most definitions of self-confidence state that a confident person doesn’t depend on the opinions of others, the Sociometer Theory claims the opposite.
2. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
This is one of the best-known theories in psychology, although it’s generally considered somewhat out-of-date. It lays out all the needs that humans must have met before they can move on to the most complex ones.
In Maslow’s pyramid, the second highest level of need is self-confidence which is just under self-actualization.
According to him, human beings should have their needs of physical safety, stability, longing, and love met before they can develop self-confidence.
He also differentiated between what he called lower and higher self-confidence.
Lower self-confidence is developed from the respect received from others, while higher self-confidence comes totally from within.
He eventually refined his theory to include instances of self-actualized people that are in situations where their basic needs aren’t being met.
3. Terror Management Theory
This theory explores an individual’s experiences to explain self-confidence.
The Terror Management Theory, or TMT, centers around the idea that humans hold great potential for reacting with terror to the consciousness of their mortality.
In order to shield themselves against this anxiety, people develop beliefs which focus on their own importance.
They will seek out self-confidence as protection from these feelings.
Benefits of Self-Confidence
When you’re certain about your qualities, your abilities, and your judgment, you are exhibiting high levels of self-confidence.
There’s an authenticity which others can sense, because your self-awareness isn’t shallow or deceptive.
Cultivating self-confidence is not optional for anyone who wants to live their best life.
We all need to develop self-confidence since it provides so many benefits of which we’ll cover two.
Living Life On Your Own Terms
In order to achieve your personal goals, live the way you want, and enjoy your life, you need to be confident instead of being nervous and self-conscious.
Engage in the activities which interest you and make you happy instead of worrying about what others may think.
Learning To Value Yourself
A self-confident person doesn’t need the approval of others to make them feel important.
As you take more steps toward overcoming challenges or accomplishing goals, you’ll develop an attitude that you can depend on yourself, no matter what.
It allows you to gain acceptance of who you are, and to recognize your value.
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