In yesterday’s post, I laid out positive psychology’s six virtues. Each virtue (wisdom; courage; humanity; justice; temperance; and transcendence) consists of three to five character strengths.
Each of these character strengths can technically be considered a “sub-virtue”. Let’s assume that maximizing at least half of each virtue’s sub-components–or achieving medium competence in each sub-virtue–leads to attainment of the higher virtue(s).
Wisdom’s character strengths are: creativity; curiosity; open-mindedness; love of learning; and perspective.
Courage’s sub-virtues are bravery; persistence; integrity; and vitality.
Humanity’s are love, kindness, and social intelligence.
Justice’s are citizenry, fairness, and leadership.
Temperance’s sub-virtues are forgiveness/mercy; humility/modesty; prudence; and self-regulation.
Finally, transcendence’s character strengths are: appreciation; gratitude; hope; humor and playfulness; and spirituality.
Building on each of these 24 aspects of one’s character leads to its ultimate strengthening! How does one build on them–all the way from creativity to spirituality? And: Is it better to focus on a few sub-virtues…or to balance them all equally?