Let’s let the New Oxford American Dictionary define it:
- the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust
- the state of feeling certain about the truth of someone
- a feeling of self assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities
- the telling of private matters or secrets with mutual trust
- (s) a secret or private matter told to someone under a condition of trust
That’s what the dictionary says. But as is the case with some words, there are a variety of ways that people interpret this word. What exactly do any of those definitions mean? Does what confidence means to us change over time? What is confidence really?
I think the largest problem with something like confidence is that every individual has an idea in mind when they think who is confident. I might think person A is confident, while my friend might not think that person A is not confident at all, but they really think person B is confident…and so on.
When you think of confident, what are the adjectives that come to mind? What traits make up a confident person?
For fun, I just looked up synonyms for confident. (Oxford) These include:
- self-confident (duh)
- level headed
So what do you think? When you think of confident, do these words make sense?
For your homework today:
- Think up at least one person you consider confident, and name at least two words that describe why you think of confident
- From the list above, which five words best describe what you think of when you think of a confident person
- Name a person you know (famous or not) that embodies what you chose as confident
- Pick at least one other synonym for confident, or an alternative definition
extra credit: pick one of the synonyms I listed and explain why it is NOT a synonym for confident