The Importance of Self Trust

Kaitlyn Lee, News Writer

Self trust is often overlooked, yet it is the most powerful ethic we contain in ourselves. If you find yourself doubting your actions and feeling fear towards your hopes and dreams, it may simply be the lack of self trust.


black-and-white-woman-girl-sittingSelf trust is not based on your factual abilities to complete a task, however, it is based on the belief you have in yourself when completing the task. Self trust is crucial for the development of many aspects of life, including building new relationships, a child’s academics, and the crucial steps towards success that applies to anybody striving to have wealth and decent relationships among their peer groups.

In everyday life, a person may come across a position in which their self confidence, or their social skills have dwindled to put them in discomforting situations. It is unbelievable how much the simple idea of trust within a person can advance and improve many of those insecure moments.

You must maintain a good relationship with yourself because it is no different than maintaining a good relationship with a partner, a friend, or a family member. All relationships are bound to take time, effort, and good communication to develop, even among a single person. If you have a lack of self trust, it could be the poor communication within yourself that has abandoned other positive perceptions. The effects are various, it can lead to a distorted perception of other relationships in your life, and can affect your mood, as it is closely linked to it.   

Students may ask themselves, “Can I really do this?” or “Am I making the right choice?”, and it might seem to be the mature thing to remain in their comfort zone, however, asking these questions may cause those to lose great new opportunities or experiences. It’s a simple reality of the world today, as we grow, all people in our careers or jobs, we will have to adapt our behaviors to certain environments. This cannot be done unless we step out of our comfort zone and face reality.

The comfort zone is another element that follows the effects when there is a lack of self trust. Trying out new things can seem daunting because of your belief that no good will come out of it, which is just a assumption and not a fact, therefore it will only increase the negativity.

Through a survey sent out to students, only two out of five teenagers trust themselves to a certain extent. The teenage years is a step in life that must be taken precariously as it affects one’s future as adults and the years to come after. Building self-trust at this age will helps reach hopes and dreams and grows the student academically.

Students said they do not trust themselves, because  “fear” and “numbness” holds them back.

“When I’m playing a sport or doing academics, I always worry about stuff I shouldn’t be worried about. I don’t believe that I can be successful in activities.” replied a 15 year old student who wished to remain anonymous.

The same student previously answered a direct “no” when questioned about if she contained self trust. This shows the critical problem our society because it may take away exceptional students from finding their true advantages, and positive traits, and may take away future jobs, or their hopes.

There are many perspectives in what people believe is the cause of this decline in self-confidence. Firstly, one may be impacted by a past memory or experience in which their wrong-doings caused a problem. Many people tend to live in the past and sometimes be enslaved by it, this may emerge much more negative impacts than expected.  Those may also be impacted when they hear negative judgements about themselves, especially when it is based on something that they have been confident about.

It can be devastating to hear a comment about yourself that you weren’t aware of. Research has shown key diversity between individuals with high and low self-trust. People with high self-trust tend to focus on growth and improvement, whereas people with low self-trust focus on the small mistakes that may be made throughout life.  Research done in 2003 by professors at University of Alberta, Silverstone and Salsali, concluded,  low self-confidence/trust correlates with negative outcomes, such as depression.

Students aged 15-20 replied self trust brings happiness and social-ease. Though there are so many negative perspectives mentioned above, there are various ways to improve this matter of the world, with just a little bit of time and patience.