Suri Cruise Expert Reveals Personality Profile

11/9/2013 1:00 AM PST

Suri Cruise has the confidence and maturity that far exceeds the norm for a 7-year-old ... so says Suri expert Tom Cruise.

In his deposition in the defamation case, Tom says Suri is a good communicator, which allows him to have meaningful conversations with her when he's not with her.

But more than that ... Cruise swore under oath ... his daughter is "confident" and has "a good sense of herself."

Now here's the most interesting part.  Tom says Suri is "a very happy child."  That may be true, but we've found plenty of photos which don't show this kid looking like a happy camper.

So we gotta ask...