This is the second article in my series of 24 stories of Chinese paragons, one for each VIA character strength. Even though the authors of Character Strengths and Virtues reviewed literature from major cultures around the whole world to select the 24 character strengths, the book’s paragon stories are predominantly Western. I hope this series …
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On the night of February 4th, at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks had lost 11 of the past 13 games, and was now trailing behind the visiting New Jersey Nets. Coach Mike D’Antoni knew the biggest weakness of his team was the point guard. His starting point guard was injured, and his backup …
This is the first in a series of positive psychology stories from the Chinese culture. Each story will be about a paragon of one of the 24 character strengths described in Character Strengths and Virtues. Let’s start with persistence.
The word judgmental has a bad name. Even though the original meaning of this word was neutral because judgments can be both negative and positive, judgmental is almost onesidedly used for negative judgments today. Powerful and instinctual as it is, negative judgmentalism is not inevitable. we can consciously give more attention to the positive side …
Shili Xiong, a famous Chinese scholar, assigned a book to his student, Fuguan Xu. When Xu came back next time, Xiong asked, “What do you think of this book?” After Xu pointed out all its shortcomings, the master admonished him, ““You don’t know how to read books! Every book has good places as well as …