The belief and outlook that one has the resources and capabilities to manage anticipated scenarios well.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • anxiety
  • bluster (vice of excess)
  • being cocky (vice of excess)
  • fear of failure
  • hesitancy
  • hubris (vice of excess)
  • insecurity
  • overconfidence (vice of excess)

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it

Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “You only have to learn to live like the healthy person does… living with complete confidence. What confidence? The only one worth holding, in what is trustworthy, unhindered, and can’t be taken away: your own reasoned choice.” —Epictetus, Discourses 3.26