Dr. Martin Seligman studied 24-character strengths that all individuals possess to some degree. The character strengths were classified into six categories: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Applying one’s character strengths leads to overall wellbeing in five areas: positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. To learn more about the 24-character strengths can take the VIA survey https://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey. Once the survey is completed, your top 5-character strengths will be provided to you. Additionally, you can read the VIA blog http://www.viacharacter.org/blog/character-strengths-practice/ to learn ways how character strengths are put into practice. Discussing your strengths can be a great topic when meeting with family, friends, or your therapist.
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Author: Melissa Genn, MS, LBS
The VIA Institute on Character. (n.d.). Character strengths. Retrieved from http://www.viacharacter.org/