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This Book Will Make You Confident

This book will make you confident

Everyone suffers from crises of confidence at various stages in life; it’s natural. But when a lack of self-esteem stops you from doing what you want, and achieving what you set out to, it’s time to take action.

Dr Jessamy Hibberd and Jo Usmar will provide you with the tools to build your self-belief and realise your full potential with practical exercises and the latest CBT research. Their friendly results driven approach will enable you to take pride in your accomplishments, trust your instincts and work towards your goals, leading to a happier and more fulfilling life.

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The ‘This Book Will…’ series published by Quercus aims to make psychology accessible and easy to understand. Based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) they’re practical, straight-forward and packed full of strategies that are proven to work.

Each book provides clear and simple ways to overcome problems leading to immediate results (as well as long-term change). Helping you to feel your best and manage any difficulties you might be facing.

The series is now published in ten languages and launched in the US.

Introduction
The Oxford English Dictionary defines confidence as ‘a feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities’. What it doesn't add is that a lack of confidence can affect your whole life, making absolutely everything seem harder, gloomier and less achievable. That’s not just hyperbole – it’s absolutely true. Confidence is intrinsically tangled up with how you judge your ability to cope with whatever life throws at you. It’s all about self-esteem – how you measure your own self-worth and value. If you believe you’re lacking in any way your outlook about everything can be tinged with grey, leading to a tendency to feel anxious, stressed and even depressed. You’ll devalue your achievements and alter your goals and ambitions to reflect your insecurity.
While this all sounds pretty dark don’t worry, there’s good news too. First up, you can feel more confident and increase your self-esteem. There are simple strategies within this book that will teach you how to appreciate the skills and qualities that you have. It doesn't matter how entrenched your negative belief system is, if you’re really determined to feel better you can reconstruct it to reflect a much more positive and realistic impression of yourself.
Secondly, lacking confidence occasionally is totally normal. It’s a natural response to all manner of events, thoughts, beliefs or demands placed upon you by others and that you place upon yourself. Everyone’s different and how people deal with insecurity will vary hugely, but human beings are designed to experience the full spectrum of emotions – everything from over-confidence bordering on egotism to crippling self-doubt. You’ll inevitably slide up and down this scale depending on what’s going on in your life, but ideally you’ll rest somewhere in the middle for the majority of the time. However, problems start when you've been stuck down the self-doubt end for ages and self-belief is a distant memory.

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