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Helen Mirren has portrayed many confident, even imperious, women in her long and successful career.
But she says, "I have experienced insecurity all my life, and I still do on a daily basis.”
Natalie Portman said about being a student at Harvard and around so many confident people, "I couldn’t shake my self-doubt."
Mihaela Ivan Holtz, Psy.D., LMFT provides psychotherapy for creative people in TV/Film, performing and fine arts, and writes about confidence and other issues for artists.
She asks, "How can you stay confident in your art in a career that is filled with obstacles that challenges your self-esteem at every corner?" She goes on to provide suggestions in the article.
Hear audio excerpt from "Unconditional Confidence: Instructions for Meeting Any Experience with Trust and Courage" – Audiobook, by Pema Chödrön.
Julie Bjelland, LMFT is a psychotherapist and author who provides resources to understand the trait and live better as a Highly Sensitive Person.
Many, if not most, artists and creative people have this personality trait.
She explains: "Self-esteem is your evaluation of your own worth and how you feel about your SELF. This attitude toward your self affects every decision you make and everything you do.
"Low self-esteem is a negative self-evaluation and can create self-defeating behaviors. You may become blocked emotionally and have a hard time creating and meeting goals."
See her video on Self Compassion – one of the practices that help us experience healthy confidence and self-esteem.