Confidence and Assurance: Negotiating Meaning in Self-Help and Self-Improvement

My Experience Speaks

The language teacher’s intention to reach beyond student errors into the deeper meaning of a communication, her willingness to see the intent of an utterance and not merely its means of conveyance, enables students to speak with increasing confidence in a foreign tongue, even when there is no assurance that the actual message has been accurately conveyed. Balancing confidence, correction, and assurance keeps students growing in their study of a language.

Teachers must be aware of the dangers of giving false assurance as a means of boosting confidence in their students. It is better to approach the task of teaching with confidence paired with humility, hope, and hard work rather than a false sense of assurance.

The Practical Application to Mental Health and Relationships

This truth applies to spiritual, psychological, and community learning as well. False assurance is deceptive, and it is readily available in the 21st century. It breeds co-dependency.

We must be honest when people are being hurtful, reckless and causing pain. False assurance causes everyone harm.

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