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How would you define confidence?

Asked by ftp901 (1300points) April 6th, 2010

Like everyone, I’m sure there have been times in your life when you have felt less “confident” or more “confident” than others.

Based on your own experience, what does “confidence” really feel like to you?
How would you describe what it feels like and how do you know when you have it?
What makes you feel more “confident” or less confident?
What are the symptoms of “confidence” and what are the causes, for you?

Did you have more confidence when you were younger or older?

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16 Answers

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

It meas holding my head high and feeling right about what I’m about to do or have done.

MorenoMelissa1's avatar

It is defined by being confortable with yourself no matter what.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

It’s a state of mind. You either have it or you don’t.
It comes from belief in your own abilities and talents.

fireside's avatar

When I was younger I had more blind confidence, now I feel that my confidence is tempered in experience.

thecourtneylynn's avatar

Confidence… A certain strut that someone holds when they feel like nothing can hold them back. Is my definition!

eponymoushipster's avatar

Uh…i’m not so sure.

cockswain's avatar

Look at my picture. That, my friend, is confidence.

Trillian's avatar

A self assurance in my abilities. Knowing what those abilities are and an assurance that I can learn new skills as the situation requires.

bitter_sweet_rose's avatar

confidence to me is walking down the street with your head held high looking back at the world. How I know i’m confident is “When I feel I can do something pretty well. When I can’t or i’m afraid to do something. Is when I have less confidence.

NicoleSochacki's avatar

Taking risks, the willingness to go against yourself and all you know and are comfortable with, with the understanding that the experience will add to your life.

Centaur's avatar

Walking with your head held high, but not ignoring the rocks on the ground in front of you!

davidbetterman's avatar


@Trillian called it!

netgrrl's avatar

I think of confidence as being comfortable in one’s own skin.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I can’t. I’m way too shy to define it out loud. In front of people. In writing.

YARNLADY's avatar

All the time I was growing up, I thought there was something wrong with me, as I was so different from other people. After ‘mother nature’ knocked me off my feet a couple of times, I realized it makes absolutely no difference what other people think, and I became confident of my own well being.

ninjacolin's avatar

i’d like to say confidence is the sensation of focus and progress occurring at the same time! time! time!
you have to picture the “at the same time” part in a much deeper voice.. and echoing..

but maybe i like the dictionary’s definition as trust. i dunno exactly. hmm.. yea, it’s definitely a feeling. that’s what’s important about it.. you can have confidence and be completely wrong, so, it’s not as if confidence requires “truth” in the subject as per se.

confidence is feeling assured. which is interesting because you can’t help but feel assured about the things you’re “sure” about.. even if you’re unwittingly wrong about them.

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