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Confidence Building Activities for Teenagers

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Teenagers often lack confidence. They can be socially awkward, unsure of themselves, and unable to present themselves in ways that imply competence. Here are some confidence building activities that can help with this.

Confidence Building Activities for Teenagers

Confidence is important in our society. A person who has confidence is viewed as being more capable, and is more likely to get jobs and achieve success. Even people with exactly the same skills will appear quite different on the outside based purely on confidence. Further, confidence in yourself actually does impact your performance, because it affects the way you approach activities. If you believe that you can achieve your goal, then you can be more enthusiastic about it, and more invested in the process.

For teenagers, confidence building is particularly important. Teenagers are experiencing a part of their life where they are able to do things they've never been able to do before, but lack the experience and competence to feel confident about doing those things well. With social anxiety, peer pressure, bodily changes, and dealing with the lack of maturity of their peers, it can be easy for a teenager's confidence to remain compromised. That's why teenagers can particularly benefit from confidence building activities. Here are a few you can try.

Confidence Acting Activity

Acting can have a big boost in confidence. You can't be in a movie, TV show, or stage play without a certain amount of confidence. Furthermore, even if you don't have confidence, actors can play a confident person. There's something to be said for, ''faking it till you make it''. Simply taking an improv class can greatly improve a person's confidence, as s/he learns to adapt to unusual situations, and go with something even if they are unsure how well it will work.

To turn this into a classroom activity, we can have students act out real-life scenarios. They can act out job interviews, giving important presentations, or leading a team in a particular task confidently. By specifically telling students to play a super confident character, they can learn how to act confident when they need to. The very act of behaving in confident ways will make you more confident in reality.

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