Signs and Symptoms of a Lack in Confidence 

Having confidence in yourself can reshape your entire world and allow you to breakthrough to the next level in your relationships, career and overall happiness. The majority of people have confidence in some aspects of their lives but lack it in other areas. For example: You may feel confident in your athletic abilities but lack confidence when meeting new people. You might fear failing, or doubt yourself, and negative thoughts pop into your mind about your ability to do things. In any event when having the lack of confidence in certain areas of life these can become disrupters in leading a fulfilling and purposeful life.

lacking confidence? signs and symptoms for a lack in confidence

Your degree of confidence, called self-confidence, is the trust or faith that you have in yourself and your abilities. Self-esteem is the opinion you have of yourself. Realistic feelings of confidence and positive self-esteem affect how you think and act, how you feel about others, and how successful you are in life. Having self-confidence does not mean that you can do everything. Self-confident people have expectations that are realistic. Even when some of their expectations are not met, they continue to be positive and to accept themselves.

Here are Some Signs and Symptoms of Having a Lack of Confidence

  • Avoiding doing certain activities because you fear your ability to succeed
  • Covering your lack of confidence by pretending, to hide the way you really feel
  • Withdrawing from other people in certain situations
  • Speaking quietly or mumbling
  • Speaking too loudly or shouting so that you ‘appear' confident
  • You experience frequent anxiety
  • Become angry and loss of temper
  • You suffer from depression
  • Comfort eating
  • Regularly thinking negative thoughts about yourself and your abilities
  • Using alcohol or drugs to make you feel more confident

What Causes the Lack in Confidence?

It's important to understand that confidence can come and go. If your life has changed in any way, you might find that you feel less confident than you used to. For example, you may have suffered an illness, or experienced changes in your career path. Had a loss of a relationship. Or maybe you have put on some weight. The lack of confidence could have also built up over a period of time and has caused many areas of your life to become unmanageable.

Can You Inherit a Lack In Confidence?

According to research conducted by Robert Plomin, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College in London, UK believes that confidence is encoded in our genes. His study's findings are published in the journal Psychological Science. In Plomin's research he studied 15,000 sets of twins. The students' self-perceived ability rating was a significant predictor of achievement, even more important than IQ.

Self-confidence appeared to be more significant than IQ in predicting success.

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