Which Character Strengths Are Most Predictive of Well-Being? - Beautiful Minds - Scientific American Blog Network
In 2004, Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman came out with Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification. This volume was a significant contribution to psychology, a sort of antidote to the DSM's focus on mental illness, and an important reminder to psychologists that humans aren't only full of illness. Humans also have a lot of character. The book laid out the following 24 character strengths: In his book Flourish, Martin Seligman, the founder of the field of positive psychology (and my boss), argued that the five fundamental elements of well-being are: The main tenet of the field of positive psychology is that the path to well-being lies in nurturing your highest strengths. As it so happens, in a fun collaboration with Spencer Greenberg, Susan Cain and the Quiet Revolution, we collected such data on 517 people ranging from 18-71 years of age (average age = 36) as part of a larger project to create a new scale of introversion. So I did the analysis.
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