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Psychology: Self-Efficacy and the Self-Efficacy of Others

How can we enhance our own self-efficacy and the self-efficacy of others?

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1. How can we enhance our own self-efficacy and the self-efficacy of others?

"Perceived self-efficacy is defined as people's beliefs about their capabilities to produce designated levels of performance that exercise influence over events that affect their lives. Self-efficacy beliefs determine how people feel, think, motivate themselves and behave. Such beliefs produce these diverse effects through four major processes. They include cognitive, motivational, affective and selection processes" (http://www.des.emory.edu/mfp/BanEncy.html).

According to Bandura there are four sources of self-efficacy which can help you enhance this ability to have a strong sense of efficacy, and you can also encourage other people to do these things as well, but social influence is more about what you can do to help others build a belief in their self-efficacy: Briefly, by mastering certain skills, you build self-efficacy and a belief that you have the ability to succeed. Also, by watching other people wither succeed or fail (vicarious experiences), helps a person determine their own abilities and accept their failures. A third way is to reframe your experiences in a more positive way that enhances rather than tears down self-efficacy. In fact, a person with higher levels of self-efficacy often view their emotional state as a motivator and increases performance, as opposed to those who have self- doubt, who instead regard their arousal as a debilitating factors that inhibits optimal performance or even trying to perform in certain skills i.e. learning to reduce your stress reaction. (http://www.des.emory.edu/mfp/BanEncy.html)

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This solution discusses how we can enhance our own self-efficacy and the self-efficacy of others through mastery experiences, vicarious experiences, social persuasion and reducing your stress reaction in approximately 1000 words with links to online resources.

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