Know Your Strengths: The VIA Character Test

July 31, 2020 2 min read No Comments
Artist: Cloudy Thurstag

Knowing who you are and what your strengths are is so important to your personal growth and development. I have spent a lot of time this past year exploring my strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, and values which has given me so much self awareness, clarity, and confidence.

The VIA Character Test is a free scientific survey that determines what your greatest character strengths are and is a great starting point if you are trying to learn more about yourself and live a happier more aligned life.

According to research, people who are aware of and use their character strengths in their daily lives have better relationships, enhanced overall wellbeing, stronger resilience, and strengthened ability to overcome problems.

Unfortunately, only 1/3 of us even know what our strengths are so the survey was built as a free and accessible tool in the hopes that more people can reach their full potential. It is widely used in Positive Psychology and has been a part of hundreds of studies so it’s scientifically validated and a great way to get to know yourself.

I have done the survey twice now.

I was first introduced to it during a Professional Development workshop at my job last year. I remember rushing through it and I didn’t answer very honestly. In other words, I answered the questions to get the results I wanted to have.

When I came across the test again very recently, I decided to do it again this time being totally honest with myself so I could get a more accurate report.

My top 5 strengths are:

  1. Love of Learning
  2. Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
  3. Prudence
  4. Spirituality
  5. Curiosity

Learning how to live in alignment with these values has had a positive impact on my well-being.

Try the survey for yourself and answer as truthfully as you can (it takes about 10 minutes).

When you are done click here to learn more about each of your top 5 traits. It has a ton of information about the science of your strengths, how to apply them, and questions to help you understand your strengths better.

Journal Prompt

Answer the “Questions to help you Understand your Strength Better”. Even a few notes for each one can be really insightful.

How you can incorporate each strength into your daily life?

What are your top strengths? If you enjoyed this exercise let me know in the comments!

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