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Lack of faith or confidence in one's own abilities.

self′-dis·trust′ful adj.
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Noun1.self-distrust - lack of self-confidence
timidity, timidness, timorousness - fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
hesitance, hesitancy - a feeling of diffidence and indecision about doing something
unassertiveness - diffidence about self promotion
References in classic literature ?
That time, however, did gradually come, forwarded by an affection on his side as warm as her own, and much less encumbered by refinement or self-distrust.
If he erred at all, it was by so painful a degree of self-distrust, that even the mildest censure would lead him to consider an indifferent action as a crime.
On resuming, however, he was not only calm, but cold; and this flying for safety to the other extreme is the single instance of self-distrust which the present Achates can record to the credit of his impious AEneas.
On his turn, Khaled Megahed, the official spokesman of the Ministry of Health and Population, stressed that children who have been abused or neglected often have learning difficulties, low school performance, problems with transition to youth, and may suffer from self-distrust and depression.