0244 – Character Strengths

Last week I took the VIA Survey of Character Strengths, a 240-question (!) survey that helps to determine what your strengths are. Took me 25 minutes to do, but totally worth it.

Your Top Strength

Perspective (wisdom)
Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.
Your Second Strength

Gratitude
You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.
Your Third Strength

Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness
Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.
Your Fourth Strength

Caution, prudence, and discretion
You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.
Your Fifth Strength

Spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith
You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.

Interesting huh. I thought spirituality would be my top one. Well, it probably used to be, but I guess people change. I changed a lot over the past couple years, and as I continue to struggle to find who I am and where I belong, it is really interesting to read about my ‘strengths’. Certainly boosts the ego if it does nothing else.

Well, in positive psychology, they say you should be aware of your strengths and use them to your advantage in your life. So looks like I’ll be doing a lot of thinking and analyzing. ha. story of my life.

Anyway, if you’re bored, take the test. I’d be interested to hear about it tooooo.

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