Identifying and Using Your Key Strengths: Methods and Concerns

Dr Nash Popovic talks to us about identifying and using your key strengths, and the dangers of taking it too far and neglecting your weaknesses. He also questions the validity of the VIA strengths survey and suggests a multi-method approach to identifying your strengths.

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5 Comments on “Identifying and Using Your Key Strengths: Methods and Concerns”

  1. Karolina
    October 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Very interesting, well made video- I’m looking forward to your next interview!

  2. Geof
    October 5, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    I found the interview very interesting and thought provoking.

  3. Dermot Ryan
    October 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    Interesting point that any strength taken to an extreme becomes a weakness, could this mean the best way of living is to reduce all our impulses? whether they are strengths or weaknesses.

  4. October 7, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Moderation is the right advice for many. Yet a lot of good things come from obsession. I think there’s a lot of room for positive psychology and related fields to be tailored to the individual via modern personality measures.

  5. Marc G
    October 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    Is identifying and using key strengths to be considered more a method of achieving goals than actual personal development? How our individual characteristics have been nurtured and influenced within contrasting environments may well suppress key strengths that are our natural attributes.

    I suspect that many of us are unaware of many of our key strengths because we’ve never had the opportunity to use them. It could be interesting to find methods for determining these types of (suppressed) strengths that we may see as weaknesses. Perhaps this kind of Positive Psychology would lead to more personal development and self fulfilment than simply identifying and achieving goals.

    Again, interesting, look forward to more content!

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