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Self-Confidence

October 20, 2011

A possible definition:

“A general tendency to resolve cognitive dissonance in your own favor.”

Thoughts?

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  1. Leah permalink
    December 1, 2011 11:17 am

    Interesting perspective… I wonder if you could provide an example? For me, cognitive dissonance occurs when my actions contradict my beliefs…ex: I try to eat healthy, I want to live a healthy lifestyle, but I go to the store and buy ice-cream. While this is a simple example, to me it demonstrates an act of cognitive dissonance. If I were to resolve this issue (by not buying ice-cream and buying yogurt instead), I don’t think that my self-confidence would be affected much, if at all. So I’m curious what made you think of this definition?

    • December 2, 2011 5:57 pm

      I guess I was more thinking of situations where someone is challenging your actions or beliefs. That’s likely to cause stir up some cognitive dissonance, but self-confidence can come in and smooth things over and soften the affront.

      At least, that’s one of the ways I feel my self-confidence come into play. And it’s not necessarily a good thing.

      I suppose there’s an even higher plane of self-awareness that lets us accept critique and dissonance and know what to do with it.

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