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Falls das Wort "selbstbewusst" heutzutage dabei ist, eine negative Konnotation anzunehmen, habe ich es als Muttersprachlerin noch nicht mitbekommen. Dafür gibt es ja schon selbstzufrieden/arrogant/hochnäsig oder was auch immer. Das bedeutet etwas ähnliches, aber in negativerer Weise.
Selbstbewusstsein aufbauen etc. is a keyword for many self-development sites and popular books. It's describing the very positive feature. The term is often used in philosophy to describe the state of being aware of yourself, your nature, needs and thinking process (See this wikipedia article). It's really hard to use it in negative context, to be honest. ...
The answer is: Yes. If someone says you are "selbstbewusst" in 99% it's something positive. Aside: People with the property "selbstbewusst" are human who are sure about their skills and are not afraid to go some risks. "Selbstbewusstsein": "Knowledge of your self"
Actually the real meaning of the word is more along the lines of self-conscious / self aware, but in recent years it has mostly been used a synonym for confident. A tipical example hereof are low-lifes acting over confident / cocky and being refered to or referring to themselves as selbstbewusst in a positiv way. This makes the whole expression quite ...
Selbstbewusst may also refer to self-awareness, meaning the ability to get something straight in one's own mind. At an extreme extent this may lead to selfishness. Still I hardly hear it being used for anything but confident in everyday language while living in Germany. The only common negative connotation was pointed out nicely by Em1. So in conclusion ...
Selbstbewusst is chiefly approving. Er präsentiert[=zeigt] sich sehr selbstbewusst. If you want to imply that the confidence is rather negative you have to state that the confidence is exaggerated. This is possible by simply saying that the confidence is too much: Er zeigt sich zu selbstbewusst. Alternatively you can say that the confidence ...
Generally, "selbstbewusst" has a positive connotation and I've rarely heard it used in a negative way. It could be used as an euphemism for arrogant or selfish, however. Tone and context would help you decide if that's the fact.
Context is everything and I'm not a native speaker, so as a result I most likely would consider the entire sentence before concluding as to whether the word's connotation is positive or negative. EDIT: However, two native speakers have said that they have rarely heard the word with a negative connotation, so take our answers with a grain of salt; it could ...
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