Looks like it's time for another personal assessment. This is one of a series of questionnaires and inventories prepared as part of a program called Authentic Happiness. Yes, that's a name with some tall claims. The program is courtesy of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania so it may have some decent, scientifically-sound psychology chops.* It's also accessible without any monetary cost.
I took the VIA Survey of Character Strengths. (I think it's a longer version of the VIA Me! survey, which I have taken previously.) It's a series of 240 statements, evaluated in much the same way as the previous strengths surveys I've described (that is, a 5-point scale from Very Much Like Me to Very Much Unlike Me). Some of the statements feel rather transparent (i.e., "I am a spiritual person.") as it's clear how they translate to results (if you say you're spiritual, the survey won't disagree). This may be by design; perhaps the best indicator of a spiritual person is that they consider themselves spiritual.
Here are my results:
|Your Top Strength|
|Your Second Strength|
|Your Third Strength|
|Your Fourth Strength|
|Your Fifth Strength|
So, not too different from the short version of the inventory. As part of my personal development class, we're being assigned the task to survey other folks about what strengths they think we display. I will have to see if there is a correlation.
*I tend to take just about any psychological theory or finding with a Volvo-sized grain of salt. To be fair, I don't have any formal education or experience with the actual study of psychology. My blanket judgement is largely unfounded. I've just read enough poorly-supported, statistically-unsound psychology claims to be wary.