From Mind Connections Today….. My Character,,,,

 Character Strengths Evaluation

Awhile ago I took a  quiz online that would reveal my strengths and characterweaknesses.   It was called the VIA Character Strengths profile test.

Be prepared,  it is a rather lengthy test, this post is about the results I got from taking the test.

I enjoy doing creative things because most often they reveal a lot about yourself. I am going to show you what they said were my strengths and then give my opinion on their validity and value, because that’s what I do.

This is what their website says about the test: “Your character strengths are already within you, but isolating and identifying them can be complicated, confusing and incredibly time-consuming. The VIA Me! Character Strengths Profile is designed to help you easily discover the strengths you already have and gain deeper insight into what makes you who you are. ” 

The link to the survey is HERE it takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.

My overall assessment was that the test is interesting and worth the time to complete. I did not agree with everything but it is interesting to consider where a test puts your character in comparison to what you believe in your mind.

Your Top Character Strength

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

My thought: It is true, there is no need to carry a grudge, all things happen for a reason, to carry a grudge is belittling to you and stops you from growing and moving forward. This was not always the case in my life. 

Your Second Character Strength

You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.

My thought: Since I love trying these types of things to see what will happen and what I can learn, I would have to agree with this. I am curious and it is a strength. I want to know the answers to questions. 

Your Third Character Strength

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.

My thoughts: Also accurate, I try to leave judgment at the door when making decisions. I don’t care about lifestyle, clothing, religion or anything else. It is humanity that counts. 

Your Fourth Character Strength

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.

My thoughts: I am very grateful for everything. I have within the last month put my gratitude journal in writing and it has helped me a lot. Being grateful for what you have is one of the keys to being happy I think. 

Your Fifth Character Strength

Social intelligence
You are aware of the motives and feelings of other people. You know what to do to fit in to different social situations, and you know what to do to put others at ease.

My thoughts: Yes this is true, I can “get along with all different types of people. I enjoy the differences and put their comfort first over my own. 

Character Strength #6

You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.

My thoughts: Also a direct hit here, at one time I think this would have been further up the list, but self development and growth have moved past this but I always have and always will like to laugh and make others happy. 

Character Strength #7

Regardless of what you do, you approach it with excitement and energy. You never do anything halfway or halfheartedly. For you, life is an adventure.

My thoughts: At one time I don’t think this was the case, but I think it is moving further up the list. I try to enjoy everything I do, the experience is to be appreciated. Writing this is an experience I will never exactly experience again. Everything is an adventure. 

Character Strength #8

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.

my thoughts: Moving up the list fast. Earlier in life I never appreciated the power of creativity. It allows you to reach your soul or authentic self and is enjoyable in every way. Be creative in whatever form you feel moved to create. 

Character Strength #9

You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

My thought: I think this should be number one since I believe in honesty so much.  What you give is what you get. 

Character Strength #10

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.

My thought: Despite what some friends might think I agree with this, because I will change my mind when faced with fact or evidence to the contrary of what I think. I do not abandon my perspective quickly. Thinking things through is a great definition. 

Character Strength #11

Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

My thought: Yes I do. I see the magic in each talent and interest. Even if I am not all that interested in the subject. There are blogs I love which talk about things I am not really interested in, but the beauty of presentation, makes me interested. 

Character Strength #12

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.

My thoughts: I have written about my love of learning and the fact that it is a lifelong process. I don’t think I was a very good learner until two years ago, because I became interested in learning.  Learning is cool!

Character Strength #13

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.

My thoughts: More and more every day, I think that my connection with God has never been stronger and I think there is some understanding on my part. 

Character Strength #14

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.

My thoughts: I think this is true, but only other people can say for sure I guess. 

Character Strength #15

You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

My thoughts: I think that this is true for everyone isn’t it?

Character Strength #16

You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.

My thought: I do to some degree believe this, but am more resigned to the fact that we are at best only partially in control of what is coming our way in life. 

Character Strength #17

You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

My Thoughts: I can see why this is further down the list.  Like all people I say some things I later regret. 

Character Strength #18

You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

My thoughts: Who doesn’t?

Character Strength #19

You excel as a member of a group. You are a loyal and dedicated teammate, you always do your share, and you work hard for the success of your group.

My thought: I really thought that this would be further up on the list but who am I to argue. Even though I love the team atmosphere I enjoy doing my own thing as well. I guess I should apologize to all of those teams  I was on. I should have given a better effort. 🙂

Character Strength #20

You excel at the tasks of leadership: encouraging a group to get things done and preserving harmony within the group by making everyone feel included. You do a good job organizing activities and seeing that they happen.

My thoughts: I also thought this would be closer to the top, but perhaps at one time it would have. I think everyone should feel included and has value in the accomplishment of tasks.

Character Strength #21

You self-consciously regulate what you feel and what you do. You are a disciplined person. You are in control of your appetites and your emotions, not vice versa.

My thoughts: Sometimes yes, this has to be monitored by me. I need to practice discipline.

Character Strength #22

You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.

My thoughts: I am still writing this. even at #22 so that is some perseverance right there.  I do stick to things and get them done. 

Character Strength #23

You are a courageous person who does not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. You speak up for what is right even if there is opposition. You act on your convictions.

My thoughts: Perhaps this should go higher on the list. I think I have acted pretty bravely in my life. Doing what is right even when it was uncomfortable. But you can’t argue with the test. 

Character Strength #24

You do not seek the spotlight, preferring to let your accomplishments speak for themselves. You do not regard yourself as special, and others recognize and value your modesty.

My Thoughts: What does it say about my humility if it is the last trait listed in this test. I think I must need to realign my priorities. Being humble is important. Perhaps something I need to work on. 

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