When people say "dressing up with low cut blouse and high skirts gives me self esteem"? Isn't that the direct opposite of confidence, meaning "self-worth and happiness is derived from internal self, and not dependent on material needs or fashion?

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    $\begingroup$ Do you feel more confident wearing work gloves, versus no gloves, when you need to handle sharp or hot objects? $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Jan 12 at 1:47
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    $\begingroup$ well if one is for safety and injury prevention functionality, yeah, if you can prove that with my assertion feel free, thanks ! @Michael $\endgroup$
    – mattsmith5
    Jan 12 at 7:38
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    $\begingroup$ If you don't feel rightly dressed for the situation, many people won't feel confident, think being underdressed at a fancy party or something. I think this question is thus context dependent . Further, it is pretty much opinion-based, which is offtopic here. I would suggest to add prior research and attempt fleshing out the question to better frame it into a Psych or Neurosci context. $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Jan 12 at 7:56
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    $\begingroup$ This question doesn't make much sense to me. Where does the definition for confidence "self-worth and happiness is derived from internal self, and not dependent on material needs or fashion" come from? It seems like a definition you invented that does not match dictionary definitions of confidence, eg from Merriam Webster "a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something". What do you mean by "when we say"? It seems you are describing something someone else says; it seems like maybe you should take at face value what someone else says about their own feelings. $\endgroup$
    – Bryan Krause
    Jan 12 at 18:33
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    $\begingroup$ @mattsmith5 1) I'm not convinced of your definition for "self-esteem" either and you still do not reference one supporting yours, 2) your question still contains the word "confidence", and 3) you don't have any reference that "people say" the thing you say they do (and it's also not really on-topic to just check on any phrase "people say"; something written in a psychology text/paper or otherwise framed in psychology/neuroscience would be suitable). $\endgroup$
    – Bryan Krause
    Jan 12 at 19:32