Take a look at the differences between confidence and self-esteem below:
Confidence and self-esteem are crucial to every individual’s personal development. However, people with learning difficulties and other developmental disorders are often subjected to unfavorable circumstances resulting to low confidence and self-esteem.
A child with Autism, for example, would find it difficult to connect and relate to his teachers and peers in school. An adult with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) would not be able to properly understand his/her co-workers and managers at work. These issues on their cognitive and social skills are going to be stressful for them.
In response, the child would not participate in class discussions, avoid homework at night or take long hours to do it, and in the long run, hate going to school. The adult may have frequent misunderstandings with his/her co-workers and probably, lose his job.
These circumstances can really take a huge toll on their confidence and self-esteem. They would start to think that they are “not good enough” or they “cannot do it at all”.
They avoid facing the challenges because they do not trust their abilities because they fear to fail. They would, later on, choose to stay on the sides or at the back to avoid further interactions.