Values in Action Inventory of Strengths
The VIA Inventory of Strengths, is a psychological assessment measure designed to identify an individual’s profile of character strengths.
In order to find work that is personally meaningful, fulfilling, and makes a contribution, it’s good to know more about your talents, strengths, and values.
What’s important to you? Where does your talent lie? What are your greatest strengths?
When your core strengths and values align with the work you do, you will be happier and more fulfilled.
The work of positive psychologists such as Martin Seligman seems to show that the happiest people are those that have discovered their unique strengths (such as persistence and critical thinking) and virtues (such as humanity or justice) and use those strengths and virtues for a purpose that is greater than their own personal goals.
Martin Seligman. Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of such books a Authentic Happiness and Flourish, along with the late psychologist Chris Peterson, created a classification of core strengths and virtues that humans value all over the world.
Each one of us possess all 24 of the VIA (Values in Action) character strengths in varying degrees making up our own unique profiles. The VIA Classification of Character Strengths is comprised of 24 character strengths that fall under six broad virtue categories: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance and transcendence . They encompass our capacities for helping ourselves and others and produce positive effects when we express them. Knowing your constellation of character strengths is the first step towards living a happier, more authentic life, knowing what kind of work to pursue, and use your strengths to do your best. Discover your personalized Character Strengths Profile by taking the free personality test, the VIA Survey.
You’ll want to pay particular attention to the “Signature strengths.” They usually appear near the top of the list of results from your test. These are the strengths that most illustrate who you really are, and can help you determine the kind of work you want to do and the kind of environment in which you can thrive.
When applied skillfully, character strengths can actually have a significant positive impact on your life. Research shows that using your character strengths can help you:
Buffer against, manage and overcome problems
Improve your relationships
Enhance health and overall well-being
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