Confidence is fundamentally defined as belief in oneself. Granted, it can be directly related to factors as different as morals, competences or the opinions and judgments of others, but essentially it comes down to the ability to appreciate yourself in spite of your flaws and regardless of the opinions of the people around you. A generally positive state of mind, it is when coupled with its opposite, or lack of confidence, that it is considered by some to be a personality trait as valid and unchangeable as any other such. Just as people to varying degrees are passive or active, say, or taciturn or gregarious so are they either confident or unconfident.
While it is an approach to describing people that perhaps over-simplifies life, it is the easiest and most readily applicable definition there is. Yet the sheer existence of confidence building suggests that insecurity is a reversible condition more so than a permanent attribute. Thus we wonder whether it is true that anyone can construct a reasonable sense of self-worth from scratch or if it is a pre-determined feature based on genetics and upbringing.
Both are true in a manner of speaking. The underlying personality does have a lot to do with whether an individual is confident or not. A positive and uncritical attitude tends to be linked to high levels of self-esteem, as is also regular physical activity. Nervousness, brooding and judgmental tendencies are on the other hand associated with confidence issues. While confidence or lack thereof could therefore mean a good number of things, they are without a doubt applicable as general terms that imply one or more of the aforementioned symptoms by referring to the cause.
However, unlike other positive and negative pairs of personality adjectives, confidence is a flexible variable that will most likely fluctuate intensively along with the development of the individual. Even the most unconfident person could become secure in their skin if matters repeatedly work out in their favor. Confident people could find themselves doubting themselves just the same should too many things in their lives turn out badly or unsatisfactorily. Moreover it is an attribute that for any and all ought to be kept on the positive end of its measuring spectrum. After all confidence tends to result in feelings of happiness and contentment in a person, whereas consistently low levels thereof instead are conducive to a number of health concerns that include but are not limited to depression and anxiety disorders.
It is just as well, then, that while people can be more predisposed to or against the development of confidence than others – which mainly depends on their personality — it is a feature that anyone can learn to cultivate to positive effects. This fact, as asserted by psychologists and other specialists, confirms the relative flexibility of confidence as compared to more stable personality traits; which, in turn, sets it apart from the latter category as a cognitive health indicator akin to fitness on a physical level.
Interestingly enough this conclusion also suggest that confidence building is something that is not just appropriate for those who are overly insecure. Indeed, in acknowledging that confidence will inevitably be affected by external events one way or another we surmise that confidence is something everyone should be concerned about. For the unconfident the reasons should be obvious as to why. For people who already confident the needs might not be as pressing or apparent. Yet increased awareness of the processes of confidence building could help them retain their confidence highs even in the face of possible future events that could otherwise be detrimental to their self-esteem.
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