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How Much Do You Really Trust Yourself?

If you were frequently shamed, betrayed, or suffered significant loss as a child, you may have difficulty knowing when to trust your own feelings. This often causes simple misunderstandings to flood you with self-doubt. Changing old beliefs that undermine your self-confidence is a necessary step toward developing more self-trust. Take the following quiz to find out how you balance self-doubt and self-trust. Give yourself a score of 0 to 5 for each statement. 0 means it doesn't apply at all, and 5 reflects a thought or feeling that affects you often enough to be troublesome.

  1. ____ I often sacrifice my own needs for others.

  2. ____ I feel ashamed when I have strong reactions like anger, fear, and depression.

  3. ____ I worry there is something wrong with me, even if I don't know what it is.

  4. ____ I am not as capable or "good" as others think I am.

  5. ____ I play down my mistakes, fearing others will think less of me.

  6. ____ I get of control about food, spending, drugs, or alcohol, but too ashamed to seek help.

  7. ____ I feel selfish if I notice others not contributing their truly fair share of work or money.

  8. ____ I believe that others are more open and honest about what they think and feel.

  9. ____ I long to do something big, maybe write a book, go back to school, or live in another country, but can't speak of it or seriously explore how to proceed.

  10. ____ I am afraid of failing this quiz.

Scoring: This quiz points to aspects of self-confidence you may want to strengthen or change in some way. It is not another means to fail! Wait a month and take it again. You will be surprised how much just taking this quiz can boost your self-trust. Here are what the numbers mean:

31-50 Distrust of yourself is destroying your self-confidence.
20-30 Indicates a level of honest self-doubt. More confidence would be nice.
0-19 You are independent and confident, but do you sometimes feel a little lonely?