A belief that you could do something if you wanted to, for example, a belief that you could manage, or help to alleviate your pain by using a hot/cold compress. A high self-efficacy for a task may mean that you are more likely to try it out.
Bandura A. defined self –efficacy as a belief in one’s ability to carry out a task, rather than a measure of whether or not one actually can or does perform it. Psychological Review 1977;84:2: 191-215

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