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How Do I Find Out My Strengths?

Strengths of Character

To identify your current character strengths, you can take an online assessment at www.authentichappiness.com. There are various FREE assessments on this site. If you are particularly interested in identifying your top five character strengths, you can take either the “Brief Strengths Test” or the “VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire.”

Download a list of character strengths (PDF).

There are other ways to consider strengths of character. One example comes from our faith tradition at Azusa Pacific University. In Galatians 5:22-23. St. Paul speaks of the fruit of the Spirit as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.” He then adds this statement: “Against such things there is no law” which suggests that other character qualities, such as those in the recent positive psychology compilation, may also be “fruit” of a life that are found in persons who are “keeping in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).

Another list, on which the positive psychology strengths are grounded, is known as the 4 cardinal virtues. Both Plato and Aristotle taught about the essential qualities of Prudence, Fortitude, Justice, and Temperance. In medieval times, Thomas Aquinas added the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love to this list.