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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
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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. She was the first object of his love, but it was a love which his stronger spirits, and bolder temper, made it as natural for him to express as to feel.
And here Dorothea's pity turned from her own future to her husband's past--nay, to his present hard struggle with a lot which had grown out of that past: the lonely labor, the ambition breathing hardly under the pressure of self-distrust; the goal receding, and the heavier limbs; and now at last the sword visibly trembling above him!
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.
The Shafallah Center aims at social integration of disabled persons through a clear training plan that enhances their linguistic, physical and mental abilities, develops their professional skills and competencies and keeps negative emotions such as helplessness, self-distrust and depression at bay.
Ashmawi revealed that the study is also based on the consequences of violence and its cost, "Violence against children affects investments in the well-being of children, their health and education, as well as it has a negative impact on the productive capacity of future generations, as it impedes the physical, psychological and social development of children in all aspects." 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.