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  • Self-efficacy is the belief that you are capable of performing certain actions properly, regardless of whether or not they succeed in their ultimate goal. For example, I can be confident in my ability to deliver a good talk on a subject I’m familiar with, to exhibit the requisite skill and knowledge, but I might not be able to predict the outcome, i.e., how the audience will actually respond. (While it’s true that one can be “confident of getting things wrong”, the type of confidence people seek to boost in therapy is generally belief in their ability to do something well, i.e., self-confidence, or self-efficacy.)

    December 17, 2010