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Kendra Cherry

Self-Efficacy - Psychology Definition of the Week

By September 2, 2011

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According to psychologist Albert Bandura, self-efficacy is our belief in our ability to succeed in certain situations. The concept plays a major role in Bandura's social learning theory, which focuses on how personality is shaped by social experience and observational learning.

Your sense of self-efficacy has a major influence on how you approach challenges and goals. When confronted with a challenge, do you believe that you can succeed or are you convinced that you will fail? People with strong self-efficacy are those who believe that they are capable of performing well. These people are more likely to view challenges as something to be mastered rather than avoided.

Learn more in this definition of self-efficacy.

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September 13, 2011 at 7:52 am
(1) Garey Simmons says:

This was helpful in explaining why I have

• Broke Board with Hand
• Broke 28” target arrow with my neck
• Bent 8 foot rebar with neck
• Completed 2 ropes courses
• Zip Lined 150 feet up in the redwoods
• Dove into a freezing ice cold lake head first.
• Bungee jumped off 200 foot bridge at Mt. Whistler over raging gorge
• Walked across 1200 degree hot coals 33 feet long, twice.

I needed to conquer fear.

Efficacy = Experience / Competence Continuum. = Practice.

The more you try something, the more competent you become. That’s how we learned to tie our shoes.

1. Must determine its what you really want
2. Practice
3. Practice
4. Practice
5. Pavlovian Response

November 7, 2012 at 3:05 am
(2) Munir, Baderel says:

I don’t comment about your explanation, but I hope you give me instrumen for measurement self effecacy some one

June 10, 2013 at 9:38 am
(3) Sharon Farmer says:

I love the explanation for the power of how we shape our world by our expectations and believe it is mostly true.

On another note, education is also critical to being more efficient, more efficacious, and have greater results, greater success, if you will. To incorrectly say that you have “broke board,” for instance, is not grammatically correct. It would be more correct to say you have “broken” board or “broken” a target arrow. I know some people also incorrectly say they “got bit” when they should say, “got bitten,” also. Or those who will say, “I seen it” rather than “I have seen it” or “I saw it” . . .

I worry about the state of our education system when we “allow” children to pass a grade, with such obvious grammatical and spelling errors and what that says about how we allow people to move on with so many mistakes in their speech and writing that they falsely believe to be correct, rather than just a typo error.

Regardless, it appears we can change our lives, based on how we view our ability to do so and that this is important to make our lives and the lives of those around it, better.

August 1, 2013 at 11:15 am
(4) leticia says:

I think the English depends on your background and this explains why Americans spell color without a “U” and the British spells it with a “U”.there
fore, this is not important to this discussion.

January 2, 2014 at 11:42 am
(5) Grammar Nazi says:

Sharon Farmer, your run on sentence isn’t exactly the best example of correct grammar.

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