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Rate your self-confidence

Girl sitting at a desk.
  • I am eager to learn new things.
  • I take pride in doing a good job and being a nice person.
  • I can handle criticism without being too emotional.
  • I know what things I am good at, and those that I’m not.
  • It is okay if I win or if I lose.
  • Before I do something, I usually think “I can do it.”
  • I like to try to do things without help, but I don't mind asking for help if I really need it.
  • I like myself.

Does this sound like you? If some of the items in this checklist sound like you, that’s good… you’re developing self-confidence! Remember to tell yourself everyday that you are a capable person! If you begin to doubt yourself, try these tips to boost your self-confidence.

If you have low self-confidence, you might agree with the following statements:

A surly looking teenage girl.

  • I do not like to try new things.
  • I can’t do anything right.
  • If my friends criticize me, or if my teacher corrects a lot on my homework, I get very upset.
  • I don’t know what I am good at.
  • I have a hard time meeting new people or making friends.
  • I am embarrassed to ask a question or speak up in class.
  • Before I do something, I may think “I can’t do it.”
  • I don’t like to try new things unless someone shows me how to do it first.
  • I don’t like myself.

If many or all of these items sound like you, it will be helpful for you to work on raising your self-confidence. Try these steps.

 

Content last reviewed May 18, 2010
Page last updated October 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.

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