Definitions of self constructs

Self-esteem: Self-esteem refers to general feelings of self-worth or self-value.

Self-efficacy: Self-efficacy is belief in one’s capacity to succeed at tasks. General self-efficacy is belief in one’s general capacity to handle tasks. Specific self-efficacy refers to beliefs about one’s ability to perform specific tasks (e.g., driving, public speaking, studying, etc.)

Self-confidence: Self-confidence refers to belief in one’s personal worth and likelihood of succeeding. Self-confidence is a combination of self-esteem and general self-efficacy.

Self-concept: Self-concept is the nature and organization of beliefs about one’s self. Self-concept is theorized to be multi-dimensional. For example, people have separate beliefs about physical, emotional, social, etc. aspects of themselves.

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  1. It’s quite confusing for me when I look at the meaning of each term. However, generally a person’s self-confidence or self-efficacy is strongly impacted and nurtured as he/she grows as a person. For me, when I was young I had low self-esteem and I had a hard time growing out of identity crisis. However, through what I’ve learnt, experienced and taught, I have came to a point where I know about myself, my potential, interests and that I’m control of my own life. So I would like to suggest that, parents and teachers can be there to help and nurture the children to being well-being individuals. Nevertheless, it is up to the children whether he/she want and choose to grow as a person. Those who wants will definitely have high self-image, self-efficacy, self-esteem no matter what the challenges the world brings to them. Parents and teachers should provide as many opportunities as possible so that children will fully become aware of themselves, their needs and potentials.

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