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durentu
5 Apr 2010, 08:23 PM
Survey link:

VIA Survey of Character Strengths (http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Entry.aspx?rurl=http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/tests/SameAnswers_t.aspx?id=310)


Need to sign up and it's a 240 question whopper, but I think it's worth it. Based upon positive psychology from Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikscentmihalyi (flow: optimal experience). It's important to note that these strengths are scientifically defined to provide a taxonomy for scientific research and collaboration. Character Strengths and Virtues (http://books.google.com/books?id=QqPiF1C7cy4C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_navlinks_s#v=onepage&q=&f=false)

Another site: http://www.viacharacter.org/

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>>> my top character strengths <<<

1. Creativity, ingenuity, and originality
2. Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness
3. Curiosity and interest in the world
4. Perspective (wisdom)
5. Love of learning


Now, instead of focusing on my weak areas (social butterflies), concentrating and restructuring life according to my strengths will yield a happier life. From the positive psychology wiki page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_psychology) and Seligman's Ted talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/martin_seligman_on_the_state_of_psychology.html), this will at least yield 'the good life'.

I'm currently trying to figure out how to restructure my life around my top strength: Creativity, ingenuity, originality.

I'm starting here to figure out how to apply this information
http://www.viacharacter.org/Practice/Exercises/tabid/132/Default.aspx

Gchrist
5 Apr 2010, 09:45 PM
Top Strengths:

1 - Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness
2 - Love of learning
3 - Curiosity and interest in the world
4 - Creativity, ingenuity, and originality
5 - Fairness, equity, and justice
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24 - Social intelligence :mellow:

Pretty accurate test - seems like the results are treated more as individual tools than a model like MBTI where they are blended into a cohesive whole. The literature provided goes pretty deep. My top 3 are all pretty interconnected so it should be useful to read up on a solid way to incorporate them in a manner beneficial to myself.

Lots of information to sift through on that site along with the links you posted. Should keep me occupied for a while

jyng1
5 Apr 2010, 10:22 PM
Your Top Strength
Creativity, ingenuity, and originality
Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

Your Second 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 Third 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 Fourth 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 Fifth 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.

Strength#24 :mellow:
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.

john_d.
6 Apr 2010, 01:38 AM
I took this several years ago, I'm curious if my results have changed, but I suspect not.

Five signature strengths:
1. Creativity, ingenuity, originality.
2. Curiosity and interest in the world.
3. Fairness, equity, and justice.
4. Humor and playfulness.
5. Capacity to love and be loved.

mchampagne
6 Apr 2010, 02:27 AM
Survey link:

VIA Survey of Character Strengths (http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Entry.aspx?rurl=http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/tests/SameAnswers_t.aspx?id=310)


Need to sign up and it's a 240 question whopper, but I think it's worth it. Based upon positive psychology from Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikscentmihalyi (flow: optimal experience). It's important to note that these strengths are scientifically defined to provide a taxonomy for scientific research and collaboration. Character Strengths and Virtues (http://books.google.com/books?id=QqPiF1C7cy4C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_navlinks_s#v=onepage&q=&f=false)

Another site: http://www.viacharacter.org/

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>>> my top character strengths <<<

1. Creativity, ingenuity, and originality
2. Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness
3. Curiosity and interest in the world
4. Perspective (wisdom)
5. Love of learning


Now, instead of focusing on my weak areas (social butterflies), concentrating and restructuring life according to my strengths will yield a happier life. From the positive psychology wiki page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_psychology) and Seligman's Ted talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/martin_seligman_on_the_state_of_psychology.html), this will at least yield 'the good life'.

I'm currently trying to figure out how to restructure my life around my top strength: Creativity, ingenuity, originality.

I'm starting here to figure out how to apply this information
http://www.viacharacter.org/Practice/Exercises/tabid/132/Default.aspx

I enjoyed the test... But it seems like the advice on how to apply the information is just a summary of things you are already doing. ?

durentu
6 Apr 2010, 03:16 AM
I enjoyed the test... But it seems like the advice on how to apply the information is just a summary of things you are already doing. ?

Yeah but I'd like to keep an eye on it because they can go faster than I can. It's my hope that they can have a map between character strengths and careers for starters. Much in the same way Holland Codes and the Occupational Handbook are linked (albeit weakly linked).

If they can save me the real life search time, I'm for it.