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Signature strengths

Signature strengths
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Character strengths are positively valued personal traits that are related to a range of positive outcomes such as health behaviours, subjective wellbeing and academic achievement (Ruch et al., 2014). Character strengths are believed to help people bounce back from psychological adversity and achieve resilience. Ruch and colleagues highlight some of these strengths.

Creativity
Curiosity
Judgement
Love of learning
Perspective
Bravery
Perseverance
Honesty
Zest
Love
Kindness
Social intelligence
Teamwork
Fairness
Leadership
Forgiveness
Modesty
Prudence
Self-regulation
Appreciation of beauty and excellence
Gratitude
Hope
Humour
Religiousness

Signature strengths are character strengths that best define an individual (Hausler et al., 2017). Think about what your signature strengths, that have helped you attain positive wellbeing in times of stress, are.

References

Hausler, M., Strecker, C., Huber, A., Brenner, M., Höge, T., & Höfer, S. (2017). Associations between the application of signature character strengths, health and well-being of health professionals. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1307. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01307

Ruch, W., Martínez-Martí, M. L., Proyer, R. T., & Harzer, C. (2014). The character strengths rating form (CSRF): Development and initial assessment of a 24-item rating scale to assess character strengths. Personality and Individual Differences, 68, 53-58. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.03.042

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