35 Best books to improve self confidence 2022

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Awesome Self-Confidence Books You need to read

If you want to improve your self confidence, where is the best place to look?

How about in the words of successful people who have been there, done it and really practice what they preach.

We’ve compiled a list of the best books to improve self confidence and help you channel practical and positive thinking into your life.

As well as the expected best selling positive psychology books, we have also tried to be bold and we’ve included some challenging books that will drag you out of your comfort zone and force you to face your inner critic.

If you enjoy this list of the best self-confidence books then you have to check out our compilation of life changing books. 

And if you want to know more about developing your mindset then make sure that you read this article.

Our best self-confidence books will be available in local bookstores but to make things easier for you we have linked each of the images straight to their page on Amazon so you won’t even have to hit the search bar.

Without further ado, here we go!

1. The Confidence Code by Claire Shipman

Confidence. We want it. We need it. But it can be maddeningly enigmatic and out of reach.

The authors of the New York Times bestseller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint for bringing more of it into our lives.

In The Confidence Code, journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman travel to the frontiers of neuroscience on a hunt for the confidence gene and reveal surprising new research on its roots in our brains. 

They visit the world’s leading psychologists who explain how we can all choose to become more confident simply by taking action and courting risk, and how those actions change our physical wiring.

A great book that will help build your self esteem and impact multiple areas of your life.

2. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem: The Definitive Work on Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden

In The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Nathaniel Branden presents the culminating achievement of a lifetime of clinical practice and research. 

In this penetrating and provocative program, he conclusively demonstrates the importance of self-esteem in our quest for psychological health, personal achievement, and positive relationships.

“Yet how do we gain true self-esteem?” Dr. Branden introduces the six pillars of self-esteem – six action-based practices for daily living. 

Here for the first time are simple but powerful exercises for increasing personal awareness and effectiveness.

Exploring the importance of self-esteem in the workplace, parenting, education, psychotherapy, and society, Dr. Branden provides guidelines for those responsible for fostering self-esteem in others – and shows why a culture of self-esteem is imperative for survival in the 21st century.

3. The Confidence Code for Girls: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance by Katty Kay

Girls can rule the world—all they need is confidence. 

This empowering, entertaining guide from the bestselling authors of The Confidence Code gives girls the essential yet elusive code to becoming bold, brave, and fearless. 

Packed with graphic novel strips; appealing illustrations; fun lists, quizzes, and challenges; and true stories from tons of real girls, The Confidence Code for Girls teaches girls to embrace risk, deal with failure, and be their most authentic selves.

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman use cutting-edge science and research, as well as proven methods of behavioral change, to reach girls just when they need it the most—the tween and teen years.

4. The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris

Too many of us miss out on opportunities in life because we lack self-confidence. 

Whether it’s public speaking, taking on a leadership role, or asking someone for a date, there are situations in which we just don’t feel equipped to handle the challenges we face.

Russ Harris offers a surprising solution to low self-confidence, shyness, and insecurity: Rather than trying to “get over” our fears, he says, the secret is to form a new and wiser relationship with them. 

Paradoxically, it’s only when we stop struggling against our fearfulness that we begin to find lasting freedom from it.

The book is science-based and follows the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which is well supported in studies to make people feel significantly more self-confident.

5. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. 

He proves that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction—but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there. 

This book gives you those secrets!

6. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories helping you to: 

Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.


This great read also features in our list of best books on Growth Mindset, to check out that article just follow the highlighted link.

7. Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop

If you’re the sensitive type then this book probably isn’t the one for you!

This is blunt force trauma to the way you think life has to be for you. Most importantly, it is designed to give you an authentic leg up – one that feels genuine and right for you, and can propel you to new levels of greatness. 

Learn how to: Combat self-doubt; Deal with your inner critic; Stop comparing yourself to others; Break out of your rut. 

It will teach you not to look to the outside world for answers, but inside yourself. You will learn how to take full responsibility of your life, the highs and the lows, and you’ll actually feel good about it – no, in fact, you’ll feel f*cking great about it!

8. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Can you sense a sweary theme to our last two books? That’s because growing self-confidence is a f*cking passionate business!

The book is a reaction to the self-help industry and what Manson saw as a culture of mindless positivity that is not practical or helpful for most people. 

Manson uses many of his own personal experiences to illustrate how life’s struggles often give it more meaning, which, he argues, is a better approach than constantly trying to be happy.

Manson’s approach and writing style have been categorized by some as contrarian to the general self-help industry, using blunt honesty and profanity to illustrate his ideas.

9. Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

If you have already heard of Tony Robbins then this book basically sells itself!

One of the foremost motivational speakers of the last 30 years, Robbins has already unlocked the personal power inside millions of people worldwide. 

In this revolutionary book on his enormously popular Date with Destiny seminars, Robbins unleashes the sleeping giant that lies within all of us, teaching us to harness our untapped abilities, talents and skills.

The ultimate program for improving the quality of every aspect of your life (personal or business, physical or emotional) Awaken the Giant Within gives you the tools you need to immediately become the master of your own fate.

10. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Brene Brown sums up her insightful work as follows

In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. 

And without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. 

But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, or hurtful as standing on the outside looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena. 

Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful vision for letting ourselves be seen.

11. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Dr Susan Jeffers

Internationally renowned author Susan Jeffers has helped millions of people overcome their fears and heal the pain in their lives with her simple but profound advice. 

Whatever your anxieties, Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway will give you the insight and tools to vastly improve your ability to handle any given situation. 

You will learn to live your life the way you want – so you can move from a place of pain, paralysis, depression and indecision to one of power, energy, enthusiasm and action.

An empowering and life-affirming book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway will help you triumph over your fears and move forward with your life.

12. Unstoppable Self Confidence: How to create the indestructible, natural confidence of the 1% who achieve their goals, create success on demand and live life on their terms by Andrew Leedham

There’s nothing wrong with you, you’re not broken and you don’t need fixing.

Here’s the bad news: 99% of people go through almost their whole lives never really feeling good about who they are, never really liking themselves and never thinking that they are enough. 

And as a result, they live a life that is a tiny fraction of what it could be, the life they have settled for instead of the life they dreamed of. If you are not yet living the life of your dreams, the chances are that this is you too.

Here’s the good news: You already have everything you need to be confident and successful and to live the life you want on your terms.

In this no-nonsense, application-specific guide, you’ll get the most powerful strategies and success principles to build the mindset and confidence that will make you unstoppable.

13. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.

If you have ever said any of these things to yourself…something else will make me happy; I’m not a good mom; I will never get past this; I am defined by my weight; I should be further along by now…then you could benefit from the unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity Rachel Hollis has in store for you. 

In this challenging but conversational audiobook, Rachel exposes the 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.

14. The Power of Self-Confidence by Brian Tracy

The Power of Self-Confidence explains how to increase your “mental fitness” by thinking like top performers in every field. Little by little, you build up and maintain ever-higher levels of self-confidence in everything you do. 

Self-confidence allows you to move out of your comfort zone and take risks without any guarantees. 

With step-by-step guidance, author Brian Tracy will help you build the foundations of lifelong self-confidence. 

You discover how to determine what you really want, and unleash your personal powers to accomplish it.

15. Presence by Amy Cuddy

Have you ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over? Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation? 

The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. 

Too often we approach our lives’ biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.

Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. 

Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

16. The Self-Love Experiment by shannon kaiser

Too many people seem to believe that they are not allowed to put themselves first or go after their own dreams out of fear of being selfish or sacrificing others’ needs. 

The Self-Love Experiment rectifies this problem. Whether you want to achieve weight loss, land your dream job, find your soul mate, or get out of debt, it all comes back to self-love and accepting yourself first. 

Shannon Kaiser learned the secrets to loving herself, finding purpose, and living a passion-filled life after recovering from eating disorders, drug addictions, corporate burnout, and depression.

17. The Self Confidence Workbook by Barbara Markway

From facing your fears to practicing acceptance and self-compassion, The Self-Confidence Workbook offers practical, accessible strategies to help you bring out your best self. 

You’ll learn how to guide yourself through self-confidence land mines in relationships, work, and health. 

With a goal-oriented approach, these proven strategies teach you to silence the self-critic within and guide you toward living your best life with confidence.

This standout among self-help books helps you vanquish self-doubt with:

  • A 5-step program that begins with setting goals and uses evidence-based strategies to foster acceptance, mindfulness, self-compassion, and more.
  • Interactive exercises that include reflections, checklists, and quizzes to help you internalize lessons and concepts.
  • A guide to understanding self-confidence that defines what it means to be confident and helps you determine your starting level of self-esteem.

18. How to Develop Self-Confidence & Influence People by Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie

This book is one of our highlights and not least because it was written by the inspirational Dale Carnegie.

Drawing on his years of experience as a business trainer, this book will show you how to overcome the natural fear of public speaking, to become a successful speaker, and even learn to enjoy it.

If you’ve read How to win friends and influence people, then this has got to be top of your list of new books.

19. Confidence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, PHD

Millions of people are plagued by low self-confidence. But in Confidence, personality expert Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic shows us that high confidence makes us less likeable, less employable, and less successful in the long run. 

He reveals the benefits of low confidence (including being more motivated and self-aware), teaches us how to know when to fake it, get ahead at work, improve our social skills, feel better emotionally and physically, and much more.

With this engaging, practical study of our minds and emotions, we can become more capable in every facet of life. 

Based on decades of research, including the author’s own groundbreaking work, and filled with fascinating anecdotal evidence, this will appeal to listeners of The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal and Succeed by Heidi Grant Halvorson. 

Confidence will shatter every myth you’ve ever believed about self-confidence and its effects on us – ranging from the very personal to the global level.

20. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Have you ever wondered why some things that you might find exhausting, others find exhilarating? Even if you’re not an introvert, you know someone who is.

Understanding the people around us is essential to forging better work, friend, or family relationships.

Being an introvert in a world that doesn’t always cater to them might be difficult. Introverts, on the other hand, are needed in the world. In today’s world, few people take the time to understand or accommodate introverts.

The book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking offers an understanding of personality types. Both introverts and extroverts have unique strengths and weaknesses. Knowing our personality type helps us to identify what we need to thrive, not just survive.

21. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, Ph.D., a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she’s learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living, a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. 

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough’, and to go to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave’. 

And, ‘yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.’

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