Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Character Strengths and Virtues

I copied the below from the weekly e-mail I receive from Rob Brezsny's horoscopes. Along with his weekly horoscope mail, he usually includes a preface on general spiritual issues. (On social media, when he's posting as himself, Brezsny's a rather simplistic, PC liberal, but spiritually --- i.e., "not in real life" --- I actually find him both profound and thought-provoking.)


The *DSM-V* is the manual of psychology that classifies human
personality disorders. The book *Character Strengths and Virtues* is an
alternative to the *DSM-V*: a text that defines human virtues and
strengths that have been recognized by many different cultures for 2500
years.

Below is their classification system. Which virtues and strengths have you
cultivated? Which do you aspire to get really good at?

COURAGE
Included in the virtue known as Courage are these strengths:
* Bravery
* Persistence
* Integrity
* Vitality


HUMANITY
Included in the virtue known as Humanity are these strengths:
*Love
* Kindness
* Social Intelligence


JUSTICE
Included in the virtue known as Justice are these strengths:
* Citizenship
* Fairness
* Leadership


TEMPERANCE
Included in the virtue known as Temperance are these strengths:
* Forgiveness
* Humility
* Prudence
* Self-Regulation


TRANSCENDENCE
Included in the virtue known as Transcendence are these strengths:
* Appreciation of Beauty
* Gratitude
* Hope for the Future
* Humor
* Spirituality


WISDOM
Included in the virtue known as Wisdom are these strengths:
* Knowledge
*Creativity
* Curiosity
* Open-Mindedness

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Based on the above categories, I was interested to learn that I'm:

COURAGE (bravery, persistence, integrity, vitality): 100%

HUMANITY (love, kindness, social intelligence): Probably close to zero; I'm more into what's "right" than feeling natural empathy

JUSTICE (citizenship, fairness, leadership): I'd give myself 50%; I'm big on "fairness" but am not a leader or a gung-ho "citizen" of anything

TEMPERANCE (forgiveness, humility, prudence, self-regulation): Mmmm...No prudence, forgiveness if asked (no one ever asks), humility at down times, self-regulation occasionally... I guess 33%.

TRANSCENDENCE (appreciation of beauty, gratitude, hope for the future, humor, spirituality): 100%  

WISDOM (knowledge, creativity, curiosity, open-mindedness): 100%

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