Minor Stress with Self-Reported Confidence Levels and Stress Levels

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Kimberly McAdams


Confidence and self-esteem are two very important personality traits that may be associated with health and well-being. In particular, these factors maybe affect the stress response. Stress can be experienced on a wide variety of circumstances and times, and how one approaches stressful situations will determine whether or not a person will overcome the situation or be overwhelmed by the situation. In particular, having high levels of self-confidence and self-esteem may provide the individual with the determination to attempt to overcome stressful situations. Furthermore, it may be the case that exposure to stressful situations and previous experience with overcoming such situations may in turn affect self-confidence and self-esteem. Therefore, the current study presents undergraduate general psychology students with a minor stressful event in conjunction with both before and after reports of self-confidence and self-esteem levels. Stress levels and self-confidence levels were reported. Additionally, gender differences were examined. This study has implications for how self-confidence improvement techniques can be produced and achieved for college students.

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