Self-esteem and self-confidence overlap, but they are different.
Self-esteem refers to whether you appreciate and value yourself. Your self-esteem develops and changes as a result of your life experiences and interactions with other people.
Self-confidence is your belief in yourself and your abilities. This can change depending on the situation. It’s normal to feel quite confident in some circumstances and less confident in others.
A healthy amount of self-esteem is necessary to have the self-confidence to meet life’s challenges and participate in things you find enjoyable and rewarding.
With Low self-esteem or low self-confidence, you may find that individual negative or disappointing experiences affect how you feel about yourself. This can cause a self-perpetuating cycle of negative thinking where negative expectations for the future discourage you from trying. This leads to disappointing outcomes.
Low self-confidence can result in:
- Communication difficulties
- Social anxiety
- Lack of assertiveness.
Your self-esteem is how you think and feel about yourself. Your self-esteem can affect how much you:
- like and value yourself as a person
- believe in yourself and the things you can do
- stand up for yourself when under pressure
- are willing to try new or difficult things
- move on from mistakes without blaming yourself unfairly
- believe you matter and are good enough
- believe you deserve happiness.