Definition specifically related to the community context
Within a community, self-confidence allows to identify, accept and name one’s emotions, feelings, values, references and abilities. Self-recognition and self-acceptance foster a sense of identity within a community. Individuals who feel they belong to a community are more likely to take their place among others.
They are aware of the influence others exert on their own values and choices, and are also able to confront them with others’. The group then becomes a space for validating their individual characteristics, beliefs, choices, attitudes and behaviour.
Self-confident people recognize that they have roots in a particular culture which is different from other cultures. Consequently, they are able to define their own abilities, as well as the person they want to, and can become within their own cultural group.
In addition, self-confidence allows individuals to be open to the outside world, diversify their areas of interests and develop their curiosity, for their own benefit and that of other cultural groups in the community. Self-confident individuals can define even more firmly their individual and cultural identity within the greater group that forms the community.
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