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An eager young kindergarten student raises his hand The answer is five he exclaims The teacher applauds the student for his attempt although the correct answer is four The teacher rewards him with a sticker assuring him of his wonderful job The childs self-esteem is boosted by all the praise it does not matter to him that his answer was incorrect He will continue to believe that he is a competent student while in reality he might be quite the opposite This type of situation highlights the differences between the words self-esteem and confidence self-esteem is manufactured and disregards the outcomes while confidence is earned and is primarily concerned with previous results The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word self-esteem as favourable appreciation or opinion of oneself Volume 9 As the definition states self-esteem is simply how one thinks of oneself Thus high self-esteem is having high regard for oneself and low self-esteem is having a low appreciation of oneself The word itself originated in 1657 and was popularized when those associated with phrenology the study of the shape and size of the cranium as an indication of character assigned it a bump on ones cranium Harper The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word confidence as feeling sure or certain Thomas 2 of a fact or issue assurance certitude assured expectation Volume 2 The word confidenceoriginated in the fourteenth century from the Latin word confidentia meaning to trust Harper Confidence can be understood from the definition to mean being certain of ones abilities Having confidence in onself therefore means to be sure that one can perform act or react accordingly in a situation As the definitions illustrate confidence and self-esteem while closely affiliated with one another have two very different definitions While the meanings of the two words are both associated with a persons level of assurance with himself each has its own separate meaning Author Jesper Juuls best sums up this idea self-confidence
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