Friday, January 29, 2010

VIA-IS Strengths Assessment Overview

I am finding it amazing that many of you asked me yesterday “are you going to post today?” It is such a reward to hear from you and that you are looking forward to the next day to read the next post. Sorry to say I needed a day off from thinking. I find it interesting the emotions I feel when I do not post, especially knowing there are people out there looking forward to this blog. I won’t bore you with the details of my day and evening, but let’s just say I have had better days and nights and the reason I get through is that I know to relax, think about how I live my values, and how my character strengths will lead me through. Bottom line: Breathe. In and out, in and out, breathe.

Great! Now I am set. Did you take the time yesterday, while I was breathing, to take the via strengths assessment? I will have to do it this weekend, but I did get some insight into this from one of the followers. Yep, at least one of you took the assessment, wahoo! I won’t use names or point people out that do not give me permission to do so, but I do want to share with you a summary of the types of character strengths this assessment will produce for you.

The assessment gives you your top 5 strengths and talks about what that means. Reading them I keep thinking I am reading horoscopes as the descriptions are written kind of that way. I know though that putting concepts into a language that we can all understand is more serving than using big words that intimate or depress some of us.

After the top 5 strengths, the assessment shares with you 18 other strengths. Now I do not know if they are in any particular order, so this weekend when I take the time to complete this I will do more research on how it is all structured. For now, look at the list below and see if you can identify your strengths and then take the assessment this weekend and see how close your thoughts are to your assessment.

The list of VIA Character Strengths

Leadership – You encouraging groups to get things done, preserve harmony, organize activities, and follow through

Citizenship, Teamwork, and Loyalty – You excel as a member of a group, loyal and dedicated, do your share and work for the success of your group.

Capacity to love and be loved – You value close relations with others is mutual.

Fairness, equity, and justice – You treat people fairly and give everyone a chance

Humor and playfulness – You like to laugh and tease, bring smiles to others, and you try and see the lighter side of life.

Gratitude – You are aware of the good things that happen to you and do not take them for granted. You say thanks and mean it.

Kindness and generosity – You are never too busy to do a favor, you enjoy doing things for others even if you don’t know them well.

Industry, diligence, and perseverance – You are a hard worker, you finishes what you start, you do not get distracted while in the task, and your satisfaction comes from completing the job.

Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness – The way you speak and live your life is in a genuine and authentic way, you are down to earth and are a ‘real’ person.

Caution, prudence, and discretion – You are a careful person and you do not say or do things you may later regret.

Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness – You think through and examine things from all sides. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely on evidence to make decisions.

Perspective (Wisdom) – You may not think you are wise, but those around you hold this view. They value your perspective and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

Modesty and Humility – You do not seek attention and prefer to let your accomplishments speak for you. You do not regard yourself as special, but others appreciate your humility.

Self-control and self-regulation – You self-consciously regulate what you feel and do. You are disciplines and in control of your emotions.

Zest, enthusiasm, and energy – You approach everything with excitement and energy. You always do things wholeheartedly. You live for adventure.

Bravery and valor – You are courageous and do not back down from threats, challenges, difficulty, or pain. You speak up for what is right even in the face of opposition.

Social Intelligence – You are aware of the motives and feelings of others. You know what do to and how to act in different social situations and you know how to put others at ease.

Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness – You expect the best in the future and work to achieve it. You believe the future is something we can control.

Love of learning – You love learning new things in many forms. You love to read and enjoy going to museums or other institutions as they are an opportunity to learn.

Creativity, ingenuity, and originality – You need to think outside the box. You are never content doing things the same way and look for a better way if possible.

Forgiveness and mercy – You forgive those who have done you wrong and give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy not revenge.

Curiosity and interest in the world – You are curious about everything. You ask questions and find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like to explore and discover.

Appreciation of beauty and excellence – From nature to art to everyday experience and people, you notice the beauty, excellence, and skills of all that is around you.

Spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith – You have strong beliefs about a higher purpose and meaning. You know where you fit in the larger scheme and your beliefs shape your actions as well as serve as your comfort.

There you have it. The 24 character strengths from VIA Survey. Do you see yourself in 4 or 5 of these? Take the assessment. How close are you to what you think you are? Look at people you know around you, can you tell what their character strengths are?

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