What are your character strengths and virtues? How do you know if you're using them to their fullest potential? In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of leaning into your character strengths and virtues. More importantly, we will talk about how you can identify your character strengths and virtues based on your Myers Briggs Personality Type.
What are Character Strengths and Virtues?
We all have character strengths and virtues that we can use to succeed in life. However, sometimes we're not aware of what our strengths and virtues are. Other times, we may be aware of them but we're not sure how to best utilize them. Character strengths and virtues are important because they provide a foundation for who we are and how we interact with the world.
One way to identify your character strengths and virtues is by taking the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is a questionnaire that helps you to understand your personality preferences. There are 16 different personality types, each with their own unique combination of characteristics. Once you know your personality type, you can start to explore your individual character strengths and virtues.
For example, if you're an introverted feeling type, some of your character strengths might include empathy, compassion, and a deep understanding of others. You might also have a strong sense of morality and a desire to make the world a better place. As an introverted feeling type, you're likely to be very aware of your own emotions as well as the emotions of those around you. You're compassionate and caring, and you often put the needs of others before your own.
How psychology plays into your strengths and virtues
The field of psychology has a lot to say about character strengths and virtues. In positive psychology, there is an emphasis on Character Strengths and Virtues (CSV). CSV is defined as "a classification of universally valued positive traits" (Peterson & Seligman, 2004, p. 63). There are 24 CSV's in total, which are grouped into six different categories: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence.
Each of us has all 24 CSV's to some degree. However, we each have our own unique combination of CSV's that make up our personality. For example, someone who is high in the virtue of courage might be more likely to take risks and speak their mind, even in difficult situations. Someone who is high in the virtue of wisdom might be more likely to be insightful and make sound decisions, even in the face of uncertainty.
There are many different ways to use your CSV's to succeed in life. For example, if you're facing a difficult decision, you can lean on your virtues of wisdom and courage to help you make the best decision possible. If you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed, you can draw on your virtue of humanity to connect with others and find support. No matter what challenges you're facing, there is a character strength or virtue that can help you through it.
The bottom line is that we all have character strengths and virtues that we can use to thrive in life. By taking the time to understand your own unique combination of CSV's, you can start to use them more effectively in your life. In doing so, you'll be well on your way to achieving success.
If you want to learn more about how to use your character strengths and virtues to succeed in life, take the time to explore your Myers Briggs personality type. Once you know more about your individual strengths and virtues, you can start to leverage them in your personal and professional life.
Your Children and Their Character Strengths and Virtues
If you're a parent, you can also use your child's character strengths and virtues to help them succeed.
For example, if your child is an introverted feeling type, you can encourage them to express their emotions in healthy ways. You can also teach them about the importance of empathy and compassion. As they grow older, you can help them to find ways to use their introverted feeling nature to make a difference in the world. If your child is an extroverted thinking type, you might encourage them to be more analytical and logical in their thinking. You can also help them to develop their organizational and planning skills. As they grow older, you might encourage them to use their extroverted thinking nature to solve problems in their community.
By taking the time to understand your child's individual needs, you can give them the best possible chance for success. To learn more about personality types and how they can help you as a parent, take a look at my new book, Who is this Monster (or treasure) in my House?