It's been enlightening reading for the last few days as I strive to understand Albert Bandura, the founder of social cognitive theory and his writings on self-efficay. It has opened for me a new window to perceive the world and myself.
Bandura advances a theory of human functioning in which people are viewed as self-organising,proactive,self-reflecting and self-regulating rather than as reactive organisms shaped and sheperded by environmental forces or driven by concealed inner impulses.The key arch of his theory are self-efficacy beliefs,'people's judgements of their capabilities to organize and execute courses of action required to attain designated types of performance'. self-efficacy beliefs provide the foundation of all motivation and accomplishment and touch every aspect of our lives. One of the main findings of Bandura is that people are guided by what they believe than what is objectively true. belief and reality are seldom matched and individuals are guided by their beliefs when they encounter the world.