Character Strengths in Practice

Source: VIA Institute

Research on character strengths by Chris Peterson and colleagues has been monumental to the field of positive psychology and has ushered in a new science of character that involves a classification system (VIA Classification) and a scientific measurement tool (VIA Survey). Over the last decade, this research has spurred a variety of practices in multiple professional domains. In this article, we discuss exciting developments in four domains that have strongly integrated character strengths – business, education, coaching, and psychotherapy/counseling. We conclude with a discussion of one area that crosses with each of these domains – mindfulness – and the integration of character strengths and mindfulness practices.

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