Archive for March 14, 2009

Strengths is the Word

The topic of strengths is everywhere these days.  Business, home, schools.  I love to learn all I can about how the mind works, how our personality fits into things, why we make the decisions we do. I am not a researcher in the true sense of the word, but I do love to learn as much as I can, if only for my own personal insights into me.

If you haven’t gone to the VIA Character Strengths site within the Authentic Happiness site at UPenn, I encourage you to do so. It’s a free strengths assessment measuring 24 characters within individuals

VIA strengths – measures 24 character strengths in individuals. Free, very interesting.  Here’s the top five for me, from when I took it two years ago.  Do you agree?

Your top five, especially those marked as Signature Strengths, are the ones to pay attention to and find ways to use more often.

Your Top Strength: Love of learning
You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

Your Second Strength: Industry, diligence, and perseverance
You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.

Your Third Strength: Fairness, equity, and justice
Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

Your Fourth Strength: Kindness and generosity
You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

Your Fifth Strength: Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness
You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

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