Overcoming Low Self-esteem, Insecurity, and Self-doubt

by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Number of pages: 304

Publisher: AMACOM

BBB Library: Leadership

ISBN: 9781594631269

About the Author

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is a professor at University College London (UCL) and visiting professor at New York University. He is the author of six books (most recently, Personality 101) and also writes regular blogs for Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today. He lives in London and New York, and frequently appears in the media.


Editorial Review

If you picked up this book because you want to increase your confidence, you are not alone. Millions of people have low confidence and most of them worry about it, not least because it's incredibly hard to simply boost. our confidence at will, as you've no doubt realized by now. We've been taught to prize the swagger of confidence and all its apparent benefits. Who, given the choice, would want low confidence and its related anxieties—both social and performance related—and problems? In fact, you'd probably think that those enviable people with high confidence are more likable, more employable, and more successful in the long run—but you'd be wrong.

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Wisdom to Share

It is low confidence that acts as the source of success.

Although life can be painful, meaning can help us alleviate the pain.

Less confidence would lead to more competence.

People with resources incur most health issues from making unrealistic evaluations of their problems.

The reason why higher confidence is a main cause of risk is that it eclipses fear.

Higher confidence distorts your perception of risk and its consequences, creating a false sense of security and the illusion of immunity.

There is no better demonstration of the detrimental effects of high confidence than its negative effects on health.

People with good social skills know how to create a desired impression, and they do it.

People with an avoidant internal model find it the hardest to bond with others because they are too independent and self-reliant for their own good.

Social anxiety is a driving force that motivates you to prepare, improve, and minimize embarrassment ahead of daunting or challenging events.

Socially confident people tend to ignore any evidence suggesting that they may not be as popular as they hoped to be.

Confident people systematically overestimate how socially skilled they are.

Higher confidence impairs social skills more than lower confidence does.

Although few people realize it, there are big risks associated with high social confidence.

The second reason why people are deemed employable is that they are seen as hard working, usually because they are.

Practice interviews, become informed, train in different software, and become an expert!

Top performers always come across as more competent or able.

To be employable means to be perceived as an attractive business partner or employee by a client or boss.