Optimal Use of Strengths

Strength Opposite Absence Excess

Dear #Friends & #Parents,
After introducing yourself and children to the 24 #VIA #CharacterStrengths, it is further important to find an appropriate time to be informed and let them know of their #Optimal usage.

With enhanced vocabulary of #Opposite #Absence and #Excess, below is my graphical interpretation. If we are a #dot, then:

1. Positive Right => Strength Balance (#NorthofNeutral)

2. Negative Left => Opposite of Strengths (usually #Destructive)

3. Staying at a position => Absence of Strengths (might lead to #LearnedHelplessness)

4. Going in every direction => Excess of Strengths Use (Achieving Nothing)

Thank you so much @Lea Waters @Erin Nichole Smith, @Lina Maria Aristi, @The Flourishing Center, and @VIA Institute on Character !!

#Judgement #Gratitude #Humility #Prudence #StrengthBasedParenting #PositiveParenting #MindfulParenting

Suggested Readings:

  1. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271990953_Chris_Peterson’s_unfinished_masterwork_The_real_mental_illnesses
  2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333222366_Finding_the_golden_mean_the_overuse_underuse_and_optimal_use_of_character_strengths
  3. https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Reviving-Recovery%3A-A-Supplemental-Approach-in-O’Sullivan/12319805ef9ee835d7a9d6c4b07e5e86b8a5fb40


  1. Yes, we know
    अति सर्वत्र वर्जयेत्
    OPTIMAL is better than excessive.
    Absence, of course achieve nothing.

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