Can one have too much Confidence?

Confidence, a term that is an exchange between being too over the top with self-assurance or simply a person being incompetent; inhabiting low self-esteem. Since the word can be thrown around in both respect, can people really have too much of it? The truth is, confidence is contagious. The positive effect of confidence allows anyone to be the best version of themselves; it enlightens a sense of empowerment that can change a person’s self-image, attitudes, and beliefs about their inner and outer abilities. Because we all tend to judge people by what they do, having a healthy amount of self-esteem is of instrumental and technical value. Confidence in its most general form, assures individual faith that one has in who they are and motivates them to proceed in living a balanced life.

Being overconfident may portray the person as being too arrogant, aggressive, and delusional. For one to think too highly of themselves is viewed negatively within the society in which we all live. However, what is the consequences of being overly confident and the causes of such judgments? Thinking that we are better than someone else and being too sure of ourselves leads to overconfidence. Overconfidence leads to making mistakes be it in business or our social environment. Those who possess this overconfidence may believe that they can control situations and others. Close circle of friends who are familiar with those who are high on self-esteem, may notice their issues more than the person will themselves.

When someone exhibits low self-esteem, it does not mean that he or she is less confident or are better off than those with higher self-esteem. Confidence motivates people to take risks they may have never thought about making. We must also be mindful because individuals who are considered overly confident gain the appreciation and approval of others to boost their ego, while they feel no type of way concerning their feelings. Though it can be difficult dealing with someone or being someone who is overconfident, as mentioned earlier, balance is essential. Healthy self-esteem says I value myself, and I am worthy and not being so overly critical but keeping a realistic view of life. It lifts us through the failures, the ups and the downs.

Having balance means that a person sees and understand their true self. They know that they may not be the smartest, but they are comfortable with who they are. This type of balance with confidence does not come from a person being egotistical or only worried about themselves, but they are rooted on wanting to make a change starting from within. When thinking of confidence, we assert it to having humility; how we see our importance. Often, we push ourselves to the limit where we risk becoming too overly confident.  Balancing out or self-esteem actions mean we improve upon our weaknesses through personal growth, continued learning, and setting goals. Letting go of the “alter ego” reminds us that our time is not as valuable than anyone else’s we encounter or that we are above them. Having a healthy balance of self-esteem along with humility will create the balance that is needed if one is patient and show effort on their part. Self-awareness allows one to reflect upon their personality and measure out what they need to do to have control over life.

All in all, our self-esteem is defined as to how we feel confident about ourselves; our overall opinions about who we are. The challenge that we face when dealing with ourselves is planted there from childhood. Finding a sense of accomplishment will help with how we deal with ourselves and others. Knowing how to recognize any extremes of positive and negative traits of self-esteem will weed out tendencies that may cause any insecurity’s, but knowing that a balance between the two fosters more benefits is suitable for personal growth and development.

Studies have shown that self-esteem is an essential predictor of subjective well-being. It is revealed through social identity theories where individuals maintain through self-esteem and their traits and relationships. Many types of researchers have discovered how our self-esteem determines our worth because of its close ties with our general well-being and those whom we surround ourselves with. The studies state that there are three types of self-esteem. That is personal, relational, and social. How we find our sense of worth.

A few ways in which a person can continue to build healthy boundaries and a positive outlook on who they are is to pay attention to whatever desires or needs they have by eating healthier foods along with proper exercise, making contributions by volunteering, starting a hobby and continually engaging in positive self-talk. Though someone can have an implicit self-esteem or an explicit self-esteem, whichever one, paying attention to oneself is what confidence stands on so that he or she will not cross over into the dark side of the overconfident spectrum and miss out on what it is like to have and set healthy boundaries.

So, the question remains, can one have too much confidence? The answer is yes, but with a healthy balance of who we are, we develop a distinguishable quality from that of being overly confident and cynical. An individual who has a balance between being confident and too confident will possess goal-directed accomplishments that aids to the awareness of whom they are while balancing out their self-image. The image that we have of ourselves is the impression that others will get. With a healthily balanced self-esteem, we have a firm belief in our abilities and a positive outlook on life.

 

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