What is self-confidence?

There are tables in bookstores heaving with tomes on personal development offering everything from magic solutions that will “boost your self-confidence” to the keys to unlocking your hang-ups and giving yourself the tools to achieve your ambitions. Self-confidence is very much a modern concern. But what is self-confidence exactly? Does it really matter if you don’t have it? Can you have too much of it? Is self-confidence gender-specific? The EVE webmagazine team takes a closer look.


Self-esteem and self-confidence are often used interchangeably. But these two concepts are actually quite different. Doctors in psychology Jean-Pierre Famose and Jean Bertschexplain that self-esteem is an “overall assessment of one’s worth as a person”. Self-esteem is the feeling of having value, self-confidence is the ability to take on the challenges that lie ahead.

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