How confident are you?

Being confident means feeling emotionally sure, secure and strong, the opposite of feeling fearful, anxious or scared. Take our quiz to see how confident you really are.

Reader's Digest
On Mar 29, 2017

When you’re out and about, do you generally find other people…

At a workplace social event, do you immediately:

Do you feel that your opinion matters?

If you try something new and it doesn’t work, do you think:

When you’ve completed a task successfully, do you think:

Given a complex problem to solve, do you:

If you make a mistake, do you feel:

Do you find it hard to say no?

How successful do you think you are compared to your peer group?

How much do you care what people think of you?

If your spouse/partner/lover does something that upsets you, can you tell them how you feel?

The night before an important exam/test/interview, how well do you sleep?

Very confident

Very confident

You are generally pretty self-confident and also willing to learn from experience, which also helps build confidence. Sometimes, though, if your confidence is too extreme, it could be worth toning down how you express it a little, so you don’t intimidate others less confident than yourself—use your confidence to encourage theirs!

Fairly confident

Fairly confident

Some days, if events aren’t too challenging, your confidence is OK. On other days, you probably need to practise your skills or ‘fake it’ a little. You can also learn from the positive experiences you have and remind yourself about past successes to help you become more confident that things will work out well.

Not very confident

Not very confident

Confidence can be something of a struggle and you may need to question some of your self-beliefs about what you can’t do, boosting your confidence by reminding yourself what you can do, and building on that. Take regular opportunities to challenge your negative ideas and push yourself a little to increase your confidence more regularly, stepping outside your comfort zone gradually.