Self-efficacy versus self-esteem

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Society & You - Psychology
Tuesday, 13 May 2008 23:07

Whenever we hear of the importance of self-esteem. Feeling good about yourself is essential to achieve the goals that we set. But now psychologists refer to a new concept, as important as self-called self-efficacy.

This is the belief that one has everything it takes to be successful, though not always effectively achieved success.

People with high self-efficacy tend to impose high standards of success which leads to a paradox: you may not always achieve their goals or self-esteem may not be as high, but never give up, instead continue to rely on   themselves and their abilities. This confidence in your ability allows not crumble at the failure and move forward in meeting your goals.

Albert Bandura, professor   Stanford University, was the first psychologist to talk about self-efficacy,   back in the 70s.   Bandura explains that self-efficacy is the assessment of the capabilities they have.   While self-esteem is a general sense of how valuable one as a whole and refers to the appreciation of being, self-efficacy focuses on the belief of having the skills and ability to succeed.

Self-efficacy is part of the concepts of positive psychology, as well as the resilience and the advantage of placing the emphasis on self-efficacy is that you can teach a person to have it, ie people can learn to recognize their skills and strengths and trust in them.

Via | PsychCentral

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