(Read this in Norwegian – les denne på Norsk)
Written by Ida Cathrine Jakobsen, psychologist
We all have thoughts and feelings about who we are as people. A number of different terms – self-confidence, self-image, self-esteem and self-respect – are linked to the perception we have of ourselves, as well as how we judge ourselves.
Among the most commonly used terms in this context are self-esteem and self-confidence. The latter refers to your confidence in your ability to master a situation, and is linked to specific achievements. For example, a single person may be very confident on the football field, but can be completely lacking in confidence that he will make it unscathed through a speech at his best friend’s wedding.
Self-esteem is considered to be a more comprehensive concept, and often refers to your sense of worth as a person independent of your achievements:
- It is about knowing and respecting yourself, including both your strengths and weaknesses.
- It is possible to have great self-confidence in several areas, while at the same time have difficulty seeing yourself as a good and valuable person.