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Trust in Social Science

Trust in Social Science In a social context, trust has several connotations.[1] Definitions of trust[2][3] typically refer to a situation characterized by the following aspects: one party (trustor) is willing to rely on the actions of another party (trustee); the situation is directed to the future. In addition, the trustor (voluntarily or forcedly)...

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Self-esteem Functions

Self-esteem Functions Self-esteem can be defined as how favorably individuals evaluate themselves.[1] According to Leary, self-esteem is the relationship between one’s real self and one’s ideal self, feeding off of favorable behaviors.[2] It refers to an individual’s sense of his or her value or worth, or the extent to which a person values,...

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The New Curriculum: Reading, Writing, and Self-esteem

The New Curriculum: Reading, Writing, and Self-esteem One of the most dominant articles of faith pervading the modern curriculum is the notion that children can’t achieve and wont succeed unless they have high self-esteem. In parochial and public schools, in reading and writing, in health class and on the sports...

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Want To Build Your Child’s Self-esteem?

Want To Build Your Child’s Self-esteem? Tell them how ordinary they are. A growing body of research suggests that praising kids for their talent and intelligence doesn’t help them achieve success — it sets them up for disappointment. All are self-esteem boosters that parents lavish on their children to make...

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5 Reasons Losing Weight Will Improve Your Life

5 Reasons Losing Weight Will Improve Your Life Whether you’re trying to lose 5 pounds or 50 you’ve probably been told (ad nauseum) about the many benefits of weight loss. From it’ll make you feel better about yourself to you’ll get a better paying job. We’ve heard them all before,...

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Self-confidence

Self-confidence The concept of self-confidence, self-assurance in one’s personal judgment, ability, power, etc. One’s self confidence increases from experiences of having mastered particular activities.[1] It is a positive[2] belief that in the future one can generally accomplish what one wishes to do. Self-confidence is not the same as self-esteem, which is an evaluation of...

Belief

What Is Belief? Belief is the attitude that something is the case or true.[1] In epistemology, philosophers use the term “belief” to refer to personal attitudes associated with true or false ideas and concepts. However, “belief” does not require active introspection and circumspection. For example, few ponder whether the sun will rise, just assume...

Self-esteem

What Is Self-esteem? Self-esteem reflects an individual’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of their own worth. It is the decision made by an individual as an attitude towards the self. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs about oneself, (for example, “I am competent”, “I am worthy”), as well as emotional states, such as triumph, despair, pride, and shame.[1] Smith and Mackie (2007) defined it...

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Qast and ‘Azm (Decision and Resolution)

Qast and ‘Azm (Decision and Resolution) Qast means confidence, determination, choosing, and advancing straight toward a destination, thinking and reasoning moderately and deliberately, and living a moderate and balanced life. For Sufis, this term represents an initiate’s pursuit of love and the pleasure of God, the Truly Beloved One, and...

Tawakkul, Taslim, Tafwiz, and Thiqa (Reliance, Surrender, Commitment, and Confidence)

Tawakkul, Taslim, Tafwiz, and Thiqa (Reliance, Surrender, Commitment, and Confidence) Tawakkul (Reliance), Taslim (Surrender), Tafwiz (Commitment), and Thiqa (Confidence) are the four steps or stations of a spiritual journey beginning with reliance on (or trust in) God, continuing in full awareness of one’s helplessness and destitution before God, and ending...

Faith

What Is Faith? In the context of religion, one can define faith as confidence or trust in a particular system of religious belief.[1] Religious people often think of faith as confidence based on a perceived degree of warrant,[2][3] while others who are more skeptical of religion tend to think of faith as simply belief without evidence.[4] Etymology The English word faith is thought...

Tawwakul (Arabic Concept for Reliance)

Tawwakul (Arabic Concept for Reliance) Tawakkul (تَوَكُّل‎) in the Arabic language, is the word for the Islamic concept of reliance on God or “trusting in God’s plan“.[1] It is seen as “perfect trust in God and reliance on Him alone.”[2] It can also be referred to as God-consciousness.[2] In fact, the Qur’an speaks of the fact that success is...

The Problem With Self-Esteem

The Problem With Self-Esteem Self-esteem is a deeply secular concept, and not one with which Christians should be particularly involved. Today, the largest and most familiar part of American Psychology is the popular psychology of self-esteem, now found throughout American society. Self-esteem and the obsession that so many have with...

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The Key to Self-Esteem

The Key to Self-Esteem I’d like to pass on a few additional reflections about self-esteem and the self-esteem movement. You should know that Paul Vitz, professor of psychology at New York University, is our mentor in all of this. Vitz is simply the clearest, most discerning and clarifying voice in...

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Self-Confidence Or Self-Esteem

Self-Confidence Or Self-Esteem What is the believers’ version of the concept of self-confidence or self-esteem? Can we strike a balance between being an ordinary person and cherishing high goals? Self-confidence, or self-esteem, is usually defined as a person’s believing and trusting in himself, relying on his personal abilities and opportunities,...

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Making A God Of Self-Esteem

Making A God Of Self-Esteem What are we to make of a culture that seems to have developed amnesia, insecurity, and “chronological snobbery” at roughly the same time? For that seems to be our condition judging by how we approach contemporary education. The amnesia relates to just about every aspect...

Chaos and The Mystical World of Faith

Chaos and The Mystical World of Faith Today, everyone breathes resentment, swallows hatred, curses all that is deemed to be an enemy with a fixed and determined passion, as if programmed for fury. The ink that flows on the pages of newspapers, the pictures that are broadcasted over the television,...

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