What is self-confidence?
Self-confidence means having enough skill to do something and the positive perspective about it.
What is self-esteem?
I am valuable and skillful. Every creature is precious. All of us have the right to try for a better life.
Which one is more important? Self-confidence or self-esteem?
Maybe it’s not that easy to answer this question because in communication studies and generally, Humanities it’s not right to have a specific answer. But after reading this article, you’ll learn that self-esteem is a more functional tool and it’s more critical than self-confidence. One reason for this claim is that self-esteem explains our feeling about being valuable while self-confidence can either exist in every task or not! In other words, although someone can have self-esteem, he can have self-confidence in doing something but not in the other one. For example, if you have self-esteem, you certainly feel valuable enough to try to boost your self-confidence.
Can we have self-confidence but do not have self-esteem?
The right question is: can we have high self-confidence but zero self-esteem?
The answer is Yes. We may have enough skill to do something and have a positive perspective about it but we may not be very successful in having self-esteem. For instance, a speaker has self-confidence in public speaking and communication but in the middle of his presentation he tries many times to question other speakers by dispraise, humiliation and criticizing them! So he is self-confident, yet he doesn’t have self-esteem.
Other differences between self-confidence and self-esteem
Overconfidence or over self-esteem
We all heard about overconfidence. We know it affects our decisions and behavior and we make mistakes. But is there anything like over self-esteem?
One other difference between self-confidence and self-esteem is that we can be overconfident but there is no such a thing as over self-esteem. Self-esteem is like mental health. The more healthy we are, the better! There is no such a thing as too much health!
In one aspect and all aspects
Another difference between them is that boosting self-confidence is much easier than improving self-esteem. As we mentioned before, self-confidence exists in one aspect (or it doesn’t) but self-esteem exists in all aspects of our mind.
The hardship of improving self-esteem vs. boosting self-confidence
It’s easier to boost self-confidence because we can easily learn some skills to do something and with more practice, we can have a positive outlook about it. On the other hand, self-esteem is complicated that we will explain it in another article and tell you about the solutions.
The similarities between self-confidence and self-esteem
They both depend on people around us.
Both of them can be improved or lowered.
They both are related to each other.