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‘Doctor, I am so sorry to trouble you. I have this real inferiority complex ... but ... it’s not a very big one!’

Once you have mastered and nurtured your self-esteem, the next stage in your self-development programme is to spend some time with the first cousin of self-esteem: self-confidence.

Self-confidence comes under several guises including, but not limited to, self-belief, self-assurance and self-regard. Perhaps another way of thinking about it is that self-esteem is internal. It’s how you think and feel about yourself. If your self-esteem is strong then this affects how you behave in the world, i.e. your external behaviour. High self-esteem ...

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