3 Confidence Traps to Avoid

By Sandy Lawrence on September 19, 2017 in Communication

In our previous post about reframing our negative self-talk, Reframing Your Negative Thoughts About Public Speaking , we talked about reframing techniques.   In our re-framing technique exercise, we used an example of negative self-talk: “Whoops, I just said “I’ll never learn to write a newsletter” again.”

This statement inadvertently reveals another of the psychological “traps” that keeps people stuck in negative behaviors.

Confidence Traps to Avoid

Avoid These Confidence Traps

Let’s identify three of the common psychological catch-22s – the ones that leave us feeling as if we alone are doomed to fail, while everyone else passes us by.

“All-or-nothing” Thinking

This one is really easy to identify, and we have all done it at some time or another.

You can recognize it all-or-nothing thinking by the words “always” or “never”. For example, in the example we just talked about, not only was the speaker reinforcing a negative neural pathway, they were reinforcing it with all-or-nothing thinking by stating that they would “never” learn – not just that they “can’t learn”.

If you catch yourself indulging in negative self-talk that includes the words “never” or “always”, stop right there. “Call” it – and re-frame it. (“Never” learn to write a newsletter? Really? Why “never”?”)

Learned helplessness

This is a little-understood phenomenon to the average person.

It is a clinical term used to describe a state where a person exposed to specific negative situations over and over comes to believe they have no control over that type of situation.

Learned helplessness may not be a direct cause of glossophobia (fear of public speaking). In a person of low self-esteem or low self-confidence, it can be a significant factor in making that person feel “doomed”.  As though they are never to experience success in anything she wants to succeed in – such as public speaking.


Always imagining the worst of worse-case scenarios – and outcomes. A person who catastrophizes is most likely to vividly imagine ultimate failure.

Watch out for these three saboteurs to your confidence as you attempt to improve your public speaking.

In an upcoming post, we will get to the public speaking nitty-gritty.  Tactics to help you succeed in your public speaking.


About the Author

Sandy LawrenceView all posts by Sandy Lawrence


Add comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Copyright 2020 | Perceptive PR | Sandy@PerceptivePublicRelations.com | 281.989.8892

Очень много вопросов вызывают займы онлайн. Крайне популярный вид кредитования отпугивает заёмщиков величиной процента. Они видят в нём опасность. Для начала стоит ознакомиться непосредственно с этми понятием здесь: http://credit-n.ru. По этой же ссылке вы сможете найти много полезной информации о кредитах вообще. Далее, непосредственно оформить займы на карту и наличными без залога и поручителей можно по ссылке - http://credit-n.ru/zaymyi-next.html. Благодаря нашему сайту, вы получите займ на карту онлайн на самых выгодных условиях, без предоставления залога и поручительства. С нами можно взять деньги в долг на любые цели. Переходите по ссылке, нажимая http://credit-n.ru/zaymyi.html, и получайте самые выгодные микрозаймы на рынке в России.