What is the difference between confidence and over confidence?

This question is to test if you are capable of identifying the gray area between two very similar situations. He wants to check if you can differentiate between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’.

For making an impressive answer, try to explain the following:
1. There is a thin line between the two similar but contradictory words – confidence and over-confidence; where one can make your career whereas the other can ruin it.
2. Having confidence is “to believe in one’s own self and to know one’s own skill, potential and value”; whereas having over-confidence is “to have unrealistic faith and belief on one’s capabilities”.
3. You prepare for coming to the interview – this indicates that you built confidence in yourself to face the real situation. On the other hand, if you are over-confident, you will go without any preparation. That’s called ‘being unrealistic’.
4. “Confidence AWAKENS one’s soul; whereas over-confidence makes a person BLIND to the facts and reality of the situation.”

What is the difference between confidence and over confidence

Now, it’s time for 'participation':
*Assume that you are sitting in the interview room now.
*You have been asked to ‘tell something about yourself’. Go ahead; give it a try on how to answer the same. Post your own answers and get them reviewed .

User Answer ( 3 )

  1. user
    Satheesh Kumar
    4 years ago
    I can do confidence. I can only do over confidence
  2. user
    Priti Saraf
    4 years ago
    A person is regarded as confident when his self-determination towards achieving a particular target is backed by a realistic analysis of the situation and his/her potential. An analysis of past success and failures is always done by a confident person which helps him decide which path to choose to proceed towards achieving the target. A confident person always tries to gain a brief idea of the possible outcomes and impact of his acts and hence acts accordingly. On the other hand, an over confident person lacks the later qualities. He too has self determination towards achieving the target but ignores the importance of doing an analysis and guiding the activities based on it. They dont try and find out the possible pros and cons of their acts and believe that their choice of path is the nest one. This sometimes lead them to set unrealiatiic targets as well.
    'Knowing oneself' is a pre-requisite for building confidence. But over-confidence leads a person to have false belief that he knows everything including himself.
  3. user
    Anup Palodhi
    4 years ago
    According to me , the key differance between confidence & overconfidence is that-- confidence is described as the state of being sure of one's abilities . On the other hand , overconfidence is the overestimation of one's abilities. For example , When I say "I can do it" , it's a confidence , but when I say " Only I can do it , & nobody can do it except me " , then it is overconfidence.

What is the difference between confidence and over confidence?