state of general unease or nervousness without obvious cause or purpose (see also anxiety).
A person who is insecure lacks confidence in their own worth, value and capability. This is not to be confused with being humble, which involves recognising one's failings but still maintaining a healthy dose of self-confidence.
Insecurity is not an objective evaluation of one's ability but an
emotional interpretation, as two people with the same capabilities may have entirely different levels of insecurity.
Insecurity may cause shyness and social withdrawal, or alternatively it may encourage compensatory behaviours such as arrogance, aggression, or bullying, a principle enshrined in the phrase "all bullies are cowards" (this saying is in fact fallacious, as some bullies are not cowards, see psychopath).
Many people suffer a period of insecurity during puberty, which gives rise to a lot of the stereotypical behaviours of
Insecurity has many effects in a person's life. It nearly always causes some degree of isolation as a typically insecure person withdraws themselves to some extent. The greater the insecurity, the higher the degree of isolation.
Insecurity is often rooted in a person during their childhood years. Like offense and bitterness, it grows in layer fashion, often becoming an immobilising force that sets a limiting factor in the person's life. Insecurity robs by degrees - the degree it is entrenched is the degree of power it has in the person's life.
Although difficult, insecurity can be overcome. It takes time and patience and a willingness to believe each person is of great value.