’This book would have a broad appeal to anyone who has questioned their own confidence (or even over confidence) at any time and would like some positive actions to do something about it.’
Title: Real Confidence
Author: Psychologies Magazine
Publisher: Kelsey Publishing
Reviewer: Lynne Partington, head of research, Evaluation and Technology, The End of Life Partnership, Cheshire
What was it like?
I am not quite sure what I was expecting when I saw this book, but I supposed it was going to be full of ”tips and hints” to help increase confidence? Yes, it does do that, but it offers much more as well. Rather than assuming that confidence is a one size fits all measure, it considers a range of different aspects that relate to confidence. Initially it felt like I was going ”round the houses” to get to the subject in hand but it is actually a broad and interesting read.
What were the highlights?
It is written in an informal style. It’s almost chatty in places, but that may be due to the fact it comes from Psychologies Magazine as it does feel like reading a collection of magazine articles. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the style may not appeal to everyone.
I liked that it really makes you think about your life and the wider aspects of confidence. It starts off by defining confidence, but asking you to define it in relation to you. It asks you what would real confidence feel like for you and is it confidence that you are actually striving for or is it about being more comfortable in your own skin?
Strengths & weaknesses?
A real strength of this book is that it is practical in nature. It keeps the reader reflecting back on themselves and incorporates “think-points” and commentaries from a number of experts. It also features real life stories to illustrate points.
There are a lot of quizzes and self-tests that made me think of certain glossy magazines, some are useful and some feel a bit…obvious. I don’t think this book is for everyone, but I do think it’s worth giving it a try as I imagine everyone could learn a little bit more about themselves?
Who should read it?
This book would have a broad appeal to anyone who has questioned their own confidence (or even over confidence) at any time and would like some positive actions to do something about it.