Self-Confidence Tests

Are you suppressing self – confidence? Take two tests:

The Confidence Suppression Test

This test identifies how much inborn confidence you may be unconsciously suppressing.

Any item rated three or greater suggests that you may be needlessly suppressing your confidence in that area. You may generate only a few of the symptoms, but these few may unremittingly paralyze your confidence.

The more of these symptoms you have, the more confidence you are probably suppressing.

Rank how often (on a scale of 0 to 5) the following are true of you:

Never     Rarely    Occasionally     Often     Very Often     Almost Constantly
   0           1              2                  3              4                   5                   

____I criticize myself.

____I think about my failures.

____I feel inadequate.

____I avoid the limelight.

____I think I’m not living up to my potential.

____I feel I’m not as confident as I should be.

____I have a hard time accepting compliments.

____I am afraid of making mistakes.

____I feel I’m not as smart as I need to be.

____I feel I am not reaching the successes I should achieve.

____I feel insecure.

____I doubt my decisions.

____When starting a big challenge, I worry about failing.

____When I make decisions, I have second thoughts or regrets.

____I’m not satisfied with my performance.

____I put myself down.

____I feel I don’t have enough talent.

____Even when I succeed, I feel it it’s not enough.

____I think people see me as inadequate.

____I feel I’m not interesting.

____I feel I don’t speak well enough.

____I feel I should be more organized.

____I feel I am too fat or too thin.

____I feel I’m not attractive enough.

____I feel rejected.

____I feel I need to improve myself.

____Others seem to get the best of me.

____I expect criticism for my performance.

____I feel I need more backbone.

____I question my judgment.

____I feel guilty.

How Much of Your Inborn Confidence Can You Release?

The Baseline Confidence Measure below contains statements designed to stimulate progressively stronger levels of inborn confidence that you probably never get to feel consciously. After you read each statement, wait a few seconds to let the feeling form inside you and then let it flow out as you say the words out loud. These statements are not affirmations! They are not designed to persuade you that you should feel confident! They show how much raw confidence your emotional system will allow you to feel before it secretly paralyzes your confidence by making you feel bored, silly, confused, self-conscious, self-critical, or some other distracting or negative feeling. As you say each statement, note the strength of your confident feeling. The statements don’t have to be true to be helpful, so don’t judge them. Just enjoy feeling them whether or not you think they are true.

Don’t try to sound confident. Trying is mostly pushing yourself, and part of your feeling brain will resist pressure.

Note the number of statements you can say comfortably.

Make the first several statements even if you don’t consciously notice any confidence.

Stop when your emotional system makes you feel too bored, silly, confused, distracted, self-critical, or deadens the feeling in your statements.

Note how subtly it stops your instinctive confidence.

Many people’s emotional system will let them say all the statements but not let them feel much, if any, confidence as they say them.

Mark the last statement that you could say comfortably. Also mark at which statement your feelings started to diminish.

Baseline Confidence Measure

I am a good person.

I am capable.

I am very capable.

I am exceptionally capable.

I can do anything.

I am terrific and cute, too.

I am the greatest.

I am the greatest of all time.

I am magic.

Is your happiness worth a little time and energy?
Read Confidence Beyond Measure: The Science of Believing in Yourself
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©2012 by Bernard J. Sullivan, Ph.D. All rights reserved


A fascinating read combining enlightening theory with meticulously gathered clinical evidence, well-crafted exercises, and inspiring cases of people uncovering hidden confidence . . . a revolutionary, clinically-tested approach that can change your life.
Charles L. Sheridan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Psychology Department, University of Missouri – Kansas City, author of five books, including Health Psychology, and the blog,


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