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Are self-esteem and confidence the same thing?

The quick answer to the question is no. Self-esteem refers to your self-perception. Your thoughts and feelings about yourself. This quality is a result of experience. If you have had positive experiences, you most likely view yourself in a postive light and feel a strong sense of self-respect and dignity. However, if you have had more negative experiences, your perception is less positive. You focus on negative qualities (real or perceived). Self-confidence is your sense of ability. It is the feeling you have regarding your skills to attempt or complete a task successfully. As you can see, they are very different. You might feel great about yourself but not feel confident about taking on a home improvement project; conversely, you might lack a strong sense of self-esteem, but be a whiz kid at calculus. 

If you ever catch yourself saying or thinking things like "I'm not worthy" or "I'm not good enough", you are experiencing low self-esteem. When this reaches a level of desperation or lack of hope, it is important to get help. If you or someone you know would benefit from talking to someone about this, reach out for help. This network of local crisis centers provides free and confidential emotional support to people in crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For ideas about improving self-esteem and self-confidence, visit the link for the article listed as the source, below. 

Source: Roberts, E. (2012, May 1). The Difference Between Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, April 12 from    

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