Believing in yourself is a wonderful thing.
It's hard to attain but if you have the right people around you as you’re growing up, you’ll stand up for yourself sooner in life. We all have doubts, every single one of us. But it's how we manage our fears and doubts that sets us apart from the rest of humanity. Believing in yourself is key to taking on some of life’s most daunting challenges. However there is a fine line between being self-confident and being arrogant.
For some people this is hard to manage as arrogance can be like a runaway train. On the other hand, there might be something abnormal about you or someone you know. If someone is constantly overconfident and even excessively braggadocious then there may be something more deeper of concern. Look out for these signs if you suspect strangely over-confidence in someone’s personality. Some people don't understand the difference between
The 3 Differences Between Confidence and Overconfidence
When it Comes To Advice
Do you have a friend or child that never really seems to take other people’s advice? This is the thing about mental health, the signs are very hard to deduce as real or just a personality trait they consciously have. For someone who is learning a trade, a tactic in a profession or some kind personal financial problem, it's wise to listen to those that have previous experience. They have already done what you’re trying to do so learning from their mistakes will be beneficial to your own conundrum.
Confidence – If someone does their own thing, listens to the advice that others provide to them and make adjustments with confidence, they will be better off, because they know that there is a reason someone provides advice on the subject.
Overconfidence – If someone does their own thing and then knowingly makes a mistake even after they were warned about their actions, this might be beyond stubbornness. This could be a lack of understanding or not seeing a problem that has been explained to them many times. This could be some form of autism which you should look into to see if you can help that individual.
On The Spectrum – Quite often people who are on the spectrum come across as “over confident” but it's quite the opposite. They aren't doing things out of being stubbornness. They genuinely think and believe they are doing what's right, because that's how their brain is wired.
Knowing Good -Vs- Bad
Our brains are programmed to weigh up the good and bad things in our life. We are constantly looking at the bad that happens to us rather than the good. It's only natural because it's in fact a self-defense survival mechanism. If we stay too long on the good we’ll never truly examine the threat which is the bad.
Confidence – When someone knows that something bad happened, they acknowledge it, realize what happened and move on. They learn from the situation and make proper adjustments. They don't dwell and rarely stay on the subject for way to long.
Overconfidence – However, if you know someone that is overplaying their accomplishments and even turning a bad situation into a good situation without reason or logic, they may have bipolar grandiosity. People like this have minds which are overconfident to the point they are narcissistic. They also appear restless and very energetic all the time. Sudden surges of motivation to complete tasks and other things is also a clear sign of this condition.
On The Spectrum – Those on the spectrum, while they can tell the difference between good and bad, often confuse the two. Because a lot of people with autism do struggle to do things independently, this can also be another factor in how confident they are in a certain situation; they might be confident and happy to do something if they have somebody they trust with them
No one likes to have losses, especially when there is an emotional attachment. Whether it's a sports loss, or the loss of someone we love. Everyone handles them differently. However, there is definitely a way
Confidence – Similar to knowing good -vs- bad, those with confidence understand how things happen. They understand that sometimes everyone loses and wins. They take their losses and wins in stride and move on. They learn from both and understand that even if there was a win, there was something that could be changed.
Overconfidence – Never admitting you lost to something can be childish on the surface. But when you never admit you have been beaten by someone who is better at something, is beyond pigheaded. This too could be related to autism and other mental health concerns such as narcissism.
On The Spectrum – Autistic people struggle with sensory issues, and things such as sensory/emotional overload, they know that even the most basic of situations can have unseen problems for them —- therefore it is not uncommon for autistic people to lack confidence in seemingly simple situations, and interactions.
Being confident in life is something we all wish we were. However when you’re so confident you don’t live in reality, this is a cause for alarm and could be because of a mental condition. I hope with this article you are now aware of the differences between confidence and overconfidence.