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Monday, December 7th, 2015 11:01 am
OUr school district is HUGE on "character education", so they just sent out this character strengths quiz that we are all going to take in our classes, and the teachers were supposed to take it first and share it with our students. I thought it was amusing, so I decided to share the link with you guys too: https://www.viacharacter.org/survey/account/register

They rank you on 24 character traits, and I thought my top and bottom ones were quite appropriate for me.

1.Appreciation Of Beauty & Excellence
Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience. (SO true! This one is huge for me. I can't even tell you how often I get emotional over something that's beautiful, whether that's art or nature or music or writing or performance or whatever.)

Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; not jumping to conclusions; being able to change one's mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly. (Yes again! I change my mind about things - even huge things - on a regular basis, and I am a lover of research and facts over tradition and opinions)

3.Love Of Learning
Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one's own or formally; related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows. (Yep. Another one right on the nose.)

Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering. (OMG yes! This is one that I'm trying to develop even more in my life right now because it makes me so happy to discover new things)

Valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing & caring are reciprocated; being close to people. (I don't have a lot of close relationships in my life, but the ones that I have are ENORMOUSLY important to me)

... and then the bottom of the barrell...

20.Social Intelligence
Being aware of the motives/feelings of others and oneself; knowing what to do to fit into different social situations; knowing what makes other people tick. (Ha! Yep. I absolutely suck at fitting in and figuring out what's going on in other people's heads)

Approaching life with excitement and energy; not doing things halfway or halfheartedly; living life as an adventure; feeling alive and activated. (hahahah! Yes again. I'm totally lazy and drag-ass by nature)

Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe; knowing where one fits within the larger scheme; having beliefs about the meaning of life that shape conduct and provide comfort. (I feel a little bit bad that this one is so low, but it's probably accurate. I'm fascinated by spirituality, but their definitions of what that means does not line up very well with what I believe.)

Regulating what one feels and does; being disciplined; controlling one's appetites and emotions. (*snort* I'm actually surprised that this one isn't last. I have virtually no self-discipline in my life, except maybe with money)

Working well as a member of a group or team; being loyal to the group; doing one's share. (HAHAHAHHAH!!! OMG, yes! I'm the world's worst team member. Group work is TORTURE for me!)


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