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Happy July. Optional Theme: Nomination for 25th Strength

By on July 2, 2009 – 3:03 pm  2 Comments

Senia Maymin is the founder and editor-in-chief of She was the series editor for the Positive Psychology News book series that recently published the first book, Resilience: How to Navigate Life's Curves. (Bio, Articles)

Happy July!

What do you suggest?

What do you suggest?

This month, the optional theme that authors may be writing about is “Nomination for the 25th Strength.” (Authors will write about this theme or anything else they like).  There are 24 strengths in the Values-in-Action (VIA) strengths survey (take the survey here or here).  In MAPP at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the assignments in Christopher Peterson’s course is to propose the 25th strength: “What if you were to nominate a new strength?”


This month is dedicated to exploring the 25th strength, and writing up the research associated with that strength.  Which strength would you like to see nominated?  Please add your comments here.

In the past, authors have highlighted these candidates for the 25th strength:

We will also be posting the reviews of the IPPA conference this month, in addition to one already posted by Derrick Carpenter.

Please enjoy!

The PPND Team

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  • Editor S.M. says:

    Here are the 24 strengths.

    # Wisdom and Knowledge (6) Cognitive strengths that entail the acquisition and use of knowledge
    Creativity, Curiosity, Judgment/Open-Mindedness/Critical Thinking, Love of Learning, Perspective

    # Courage (4) Emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of opposition, external or internal
    Bravery, Perseverance, Honesty/Authenticity, Zest

    # Humanity (3) Interpersonal strengths that involve tending and befriending others
    Love and Be Loved, Kindness, Social Intelligence

    # Justice (3) Civic strengths that underlie healthy community life
    Teamwork/Citizenship, Fairness, Leadership

    # Temperance (4) Strengths that protect against excess
    Forgiveness, Modesty, Prudence, Self-Regulation

    # Transcendence (5) Strengths that forge connections to the larger universe and provide meaning
    Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence, Gratitude, Hope, Humor and Playfulness, Religiousness/Spirituality

  • Aaron Jarden says:

    I would propose “perspective-shifting”, from the big picture to the detail, from yourself to others and back again, as the 25th strength…
    Cheers, Aaron.

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