Monday, June 1, 2020


When I worked at the college my supervisor had us take a Character test which described our top 24 traits.  Mine was so different from all my co-workers.  It lists your strengths from strongest to weakest, and describes what each means. Rather interesting. If you want to take the test, go to:
Here are my results:
1: Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.  Definitely me!
2: 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. Must be honest always.
3: Gratitude Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks. I am very thankful for my blessings.
4: Forgiveness Forgiving those who have done wrong; accepting others’ shortcomings; giving people a second chance; not being vengeful. Best to forgive and not let things fester.
5: Kindness Doing favors and good deeds for others; helping them; taking care of them. Be kind and it comes back to you.
6: Love Valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing & caring are reciprocated; being close to people. Most important.
7: Fairness Treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice; not letting feelings bias decisions about others; giving everyone a fair chance.
8: Zest Approaching life with excitement and energy; not doing things halfway or halfheartedly; living life as an adventure; feeling alive and activated.  If you do not have this you are not living fully.
9: Spirituality Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe; knowing where one fits within the larger scheme; having beliefs about the meaning of life that shape conduct and provide comfort.
10: Curiosity  Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering.
11: Bravery Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; speaking up for what’s right even if there’s opposition; acting on convictions even if unpopular; includes physical bravery but is not limited to it. 
12: Hope Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it; believing that a good future is something that can be brought about. I always hold on to hope.
13: Judgment 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.
14: Social intelligence Being aware of the motives/feelings of others and oneself; knowing what to do to fit into different social situations; knowing what makes other people tick.
15: Self-Regulation Regulating what one feels and does; being disciplined; controlling one's appetites and emotions.
16: Prudence Being careful about one's choices; not taking undue risks; not saying or doing things that might later be regretted.
17: Humor Liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to other people; seeing the light side; making (not necessarily telling) jokes. You just got to laugh.
18: Humility Letting one's accomplishments speak for themselves; not regarding oneself as more special than one is.
19: Creativity  Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things; includes artistic achievement but is not limited to it. In so many ways.
20: Teamwork Working well as a member of a group or team; being loyal to the group; doing one's share.
21: Love of learning Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one's own or formally; related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows.
22: Perseverance Finishing what one starts; persevering in a course of action in spite of obstacles; “getting it out the door”; taking pleasure in completing tasks.
23: Perspective Being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself/others.
24: Leadership Encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done and at the same time maintain good relations within the group; organizing group activities and seeing that they happen.

Let me know if you take the test and what you think of your results.

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