(others: appreciation of beauty and excellence, prudence, hope, humility, bravery, fairness, kindness, spirituality, love, leadership, love of learning, self regulation, social intelligence, creativity, perseverance, forgiveness, curiosity, teamwork and zest).
Doing the Via/strengths assessments were actually pretty insightful. I don’t want to say that I “found out a lot about myself”- but more so, that I’ve enhanced my understanding. Based on my results, this could be strategically used as a guide to apply some of these attributes to my life plans and goals.
In the perspective of Judgement (Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; not jumping to conclusions; being able to change one’s mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly.), this is generally a great trait to have. Especially in today’s world where basic knowledge, understanding, and tolerance for those around you are very important.
Perspective: (Being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself/others.) To me, this is the most important traits. As a future educator- I believe this should be in a top 5 for all that want to teach. I find it interesting that I was assigned with this. Many times I find it hard to understand this world and even seeing it through the eyes of other people. I’m guessing this is why it came at a close second. But I guess no one is perfect~
Honesty: (Speaking the truth but more broadly presenting oneself in a genuine way and acting in a sincere way; being without pretense; taking responsibility for one’s feelings and actions.) I feel like honesty is something that becomes stronger as you get older, at least in my case. Not to say that I was ever extremely dishonest. However I had a hard time expressing myself in every sense. I think this is also me coming to terms with my own thoughts, feelings, understandings, and perspectives of myself and others. Being honest to me is (re)presenting and seeing something for exactly what it is, without embellishments or exaggerations. Presenting one’s self in that way is not only important for everyday life/interactions- but for interpersonal reasons as well. Even starting and posting in this blog has contributed to my honesty complex. Everything written here comes from my a deep recess within myself that I feel compelled to share. Luckily, it’s been nothing but a positive experience. For that, I am grateful. Which leads me to the 4th trait:
Gratitude: (Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.) I don’t always find myself being grateful. There are times when I can be pretty pessimistic. But not everything in life will be perfect. It’s best to be appreciative for the things/people you have. I guess it’s as simple as that.
Humor: (Liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to other people; seeing the light side; making (not necessarily telling) jokes.) In daily life, it’s important to make sure that you’re using the appropriate humor at the appropriate time. Despite the serious tone of my posts, I like to laugh and to make other people laugh. Seeing others happy are one of my own personal joys.
Keeping all of these prominent characteristics in mind- it will be easy to enhance and use these in my personal and professional life. This doesn’t just apply to myself but learning about other people as well. I hope to take more of these tests/assessments in the future and compare them to those around me.