Strengths & Virtues

Everyone has a characteristic set of strengths and virtues, that is, things that they are naturally “good” or “strong” on. Research in Positive Psychology suggests that there are (at least) 24 strengths and virtues that are recognized in most cultures.

12 Character Strength Examples, Interventions, and Worksheets

character strength examples

One of the biggest topics in positive psychology is character strengths. If you’ve given any positive psychology resources even a cursory glance, you’ve probably read about them in some capacity—what they are, how they fit into the field, how to improve them, and how to capitalize on them. Their popularity […]

7 Strength Finding Tests and Questionnaires You Can Do Today

If someone asked you to define yourself, what would your answer be? Strengths are inherent potentials that influence our thoughts, emotions, and actions. They define who we are and determine our uniqueness. Wisdom, courage, perseverance, and humility are a few instances of the qualities we possess. In psychology, character strengths […]

The 5 Character Strengths of Wisdom in Positive Psychology

Character strengths of wisdom

Our fascination with wisdom dates back for thousands of years. Many people throughout history have pondered what it means to be wise. How do you define wisdom? Aristotle believed in two types of wisdom: theoretical and practical. The former involves the exploration of things we can't change, but about which […]

Zest in Positive Psychology: Satisfaction in Life and Work

Zest positive psychology

Are you one of those who believes in living life to the fullest and making the most out of every day? If so, then you are a zestful person. Zest makes an individual loaded with positive vitality that emanates from him to others around. In it lies true happiness, satisfaction, […]

Personality & Character Traits: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

We would all benefit from being more aware of our characteristics and personality traits. That's because they are significant predictors of our behaviors and attitudes. The world we live in is different from what it was ten, five, or even one year ago. Thanks to social media, easy-to-use communication tools, […]

Honesty Worksheets, Activities & Tests: Honesty & Integrity in Therapy

Honesty Worksheets, Activities & Tests: Honesty & Integrity in Therapy

“Honesty is the best policy.” – Benjamin Franklin Or is it? Benjamin Franklin seems to think so, but he also said this: “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” – […]

Personal Strengths & Weaknesses Defined (+ A List of 92 Strengths)

What are your strenghts

Almost everyone can think of someone they love who they consider being a strong person, but what makes that person strong? Is it their self-sacrificial nature and their ability to push through hardship? Maybe it is their ability to stay calm in any challenge, or always speak with humility. Often […]

6 Best TED Talks on VIA Character Strengths and Virtues

Identifying strengths is a foundation of positive psychology. One way to learn your strengths is through the VIA Survey, a personality test and strengths inventory, which identifies six virtues present in people's personalities. The virtues are: Wisdom and Knowledge; Courage; Humanity; Justice; Temperance; Transcendence.   Each one of these virtues consists […]

The Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues

Character Strengths and Virtues is a groundbreaking handbook compiling the work of researchers to create a classification system for widely valued positive traits. The aim is to present a measure of humanist ideals of virtue in an empirical and scientific way. This handbook intends to provide a theoretical framework that will […]

The VIA Survey: 7 Ways to Recognize Your Strengths and Act on Them

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Wisdom, courage, humanity, transcendence, justice, and moderation are the six values that Martin Seligman and Chris Peterson have directed much research towards.  What do these different values mean to you? Which of these have the greatest impact on your well-being?  Seligman describes in his book “Authentic Happiness” how he and […]