And could you easily express what they are?
They are different than your other strengths, such as your unique skills, talents, and interests, because character strengths reflect the “real” you — who you are at your core.
Character Strengths are the positive parts of your personality that impact how you think, feel and behave and are one of the keys to you being your best self.
Research has shown that knowing your Character Strengths can help you with relationships, manage problems and enhance overall well being.
Once you know these strengths you can actively make decisions based on them.
How can I find out what are my Character Strengths?
- Think about a moment of greatness – a moment that you did something really really well – something better than normal.
What happened in the situation? What role did you play? What did you do that was particularly successful or useful to someone?
Write up this story then re-read it and as you read it through, circle the words or phrases that relate to strengths.
- Think about some great personal feedback – something someone has said to you about your behaviour in a particular situation which you felt really good about and really reflected you.
Perhaps it was about how you dealt with the person or situation. Was the feedback about your honesty, or helpfulness or zest for life?
Here are some strengths to give you some ideas:
Or to find out your Strengths in a more structured way, complete one of the world’s most comprehensive surveys and take the VIA Character Strength Survey. This doesn’t take long at all and it’s free!
The VIA Survey focuses on your best qualities not your negative ones.
Created under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman, the “father of Positive Psychology” and author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish, and Dr. Christopher Peterson, scientist at the University of Michigan and author of A Primer in Positive Psychology.
The VIA Survey is regarded as a central tool of positive psychology and has been used in hundreds of research studies.
It’s been taken by over 3 million people worldwide.
Discovering your Character Strengths is a really useful tool as part of clarifying direction in career and life.