What are your strengths? Find out from your friends
One of the key tenants of positive psychology is an emphasis on strengths rather than weaknesses. In recent years, the focus on "strengths" has gained scientific support with positive psychology interventions that included building character strengths now having been shown to reduce depression and increase happiness.
Given the benefits of knowing your strengths, you'll find that many articles and resources will tell you to figure out yours strengths so you can capitalize on them. This may be a good tip. But it's easier said than done. How are we supposed to know what our strengths even are?One of my main complaints with positive psychology is that we are always been told what to do without being told how to do it. Luckily, now there is an online tool that can help.
What are your strengths?
How strong are your strengths really?
In addition to helping you identify your strengths, AtMyBest helps you figure out: what are your strongest strengths?
What separates AtMyBest from some other tools I've seen is that this tool lets you collect responses from your friends and family. This might not seem necessary, but research shows that we have some major blind spots when it comes to evaluating ourselves. Others may actually know aspects of our personality better than we do. When we are really good at something, we don't realize it is something that is hard for everyone else. This can result in us not seeing some of our most important strengths.
When we ask our friends, family, and colleagues to help us identify our strengths, they can open our eyes to strengths we never even knew we had.
Even more useful, I think, is that AtMyBest lets you view your strengths as a word cloud. The more people that describe you using a word, the bigger the word appears in the cloud. This visual representation tells you how strong each of your strengths are. In my word cloud (above), you can see that my strongest strengths are Determined and Independent. Knowing my strongest strengths helps me better capitalize on them, and knowing my weakest strengths helps me identify opportunities for growth.
How can you capitalize on your strengths?
The Future of Strength Building
With the development of a great new tool for identifying strengths, I hope next steps include developing supporting tools to help people to build new strengths and capitalize on the strengths they already have.
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