As a child, were your parents encouraging, nurturing, & instilled high self-confidence in you or
were your parents soul devouring, even soul destroying, discouraging, critical, & routinely diminished your self-confidence to the point where you have an inferiority complex?
In my case my parents were either too busy raising five kids all born two years apart, in the case of my mother, or a father who was away for six years of my life fighting as a soldier in WW2. When the war finished I rarely saw him except for very short periods on weekends. So I cannot blame Nurture, good or bad, on my self-confidence or otherwise.
I was quite shy as a child. However,I think what gradually brought on today's confidence - and it is there, I've spoken to a thousand audiences ranging in number from half-a-dozen to a couple of hundred people - to my years in the Navy. I served on small ships, two on which I was the only radioman aboard.
Even so, I found that my gaining in 'self-esteem' came from a lifetime of sustained study, different types of work, and always aiming to becoming a better me in all three areas of life: body, mind, and spirit. I believe in lifetime learning and I'm still at it at seventy-nine.
Absolutely. I am so thankful to have one of the most evolved and liberal parents ever. I owe my self confidence to them.
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