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VIA signature strengths survey – 2010

It had been two years since I completed the VIA strengths survey in 2008.  I decided to take it again before I went for my recent VIA Intensives workshop, and got some interesting results!

My top five signature strengths now in 2010 are:

  1. Curiosity [Wisdom and Knowledge]
  2. Love [Humanity]
  3. Appreciation of beauty and excellence [Transcendence]
  4. Creativity [Wisdom and Knowledge]
  5. Perspective [Wisdom and Knowledge]

Compared with my top five signature strengths two years ago:

  1. Creativity, ingenuity, and originality [Wisdom and Knowledge]
  2. Curiosity and interest in the world [Wisdom and Knowledge]
  3. Appreciation of beauty and excellence [Transcendence]
  4. Capacity to love and be loved [Humanity]
  5. Leadership [Justice]

My comments:

Apparently, my survey results are categorised in the 76% who have 3 or more strengths in common in their top 5 between the first and second test taking, with curiosity, love, appreciation of beauty and excellence, and creativity coming up tops (VIA Institute on Character, 2009).  Also, the results display 2 of the 5 most common strengths, curiosity and love, in which 92.5% have as one of their top 5 strengths (VIA Institute on Character, 2009).

As to date, the VIA survey has adequate test-retest reliability (>.7) and moderate psychometric and predictive validity (rs = .5) (Peterson, 2010), evident in my own personal assessment with the VIA survey.

I found it interesting that my personal taking of the VIA dropped from 4 to 3 Virtue categories, with a slightly more pronounced bias on the Wisdom and Knowledge Virtue category.  Nevertheless, Leadership is not too far down the list, and has been superseded by Perspective.

On deeper hindsight, this particular blend of strengths reflect the development of my character in these 2 years.  I have always been curious, and even more so now with the more people and situations I encounter.  The more I encounter and empathise with, the higher the priority I place on my loved ones and my values and principles.  With the passing of time and experiences of life, I appreciate the simplest beauty and excellence of my environment, the people and things around me and within my knowledge.  Creativity has been synonymous with me, and it serves to spice up life not only in the ‘conventional’ creative ways, but now oozing in ‘unconventional’ words, thoughts and actions.  Perspective is the new kid on the block on my list of top 5.  I reckon I had a steep learning curve and radical transformation in these 2 years that led to this strength being developed earlier than most people.  To be taken with a pinch of salt, my VIA results are in the top 3% of the test-takers, adjusted against gender and educational background.  This is to be cautiously interpreted as the VIA is still a self-assessment, and may be subjected to individual bias or mis-representation.  On the funny side, I am as wise as an ancient, white-haired guru, looking as young as a teenager, as beautiful as a celebrity, with a superbly curious bent, oozing and breathing love and creativity, and with my head always angled up and drinking in the beauty and excellence of the skies and nature!  I wonder what to make of this description!

Do you want to get acquainted with your signature strengths?  Take the VIA Survey, and let me interpret it for you.  Remember, I am curious to know you, and love to know that you are living fully with your strengths – every day, all the time.


Peterson, C., 2010. VIA Survey Psychometric Data. In VIA intensive: Strengths – Character strengths and virtues in practice.

VIA intensive: Strengths – Character strengths and virtues in practice.

November 25, 2010   No Comments

Free Dramaturgically yours… series: I have a dream by Martin Luther King

The last in the Dramaturgically yours… series! I have a dream by M.L. King

My beloved friends,

It’s been a series of enriching learning with my recent special seminars on Mastering body language and Making friends with impromptu speaking.

The long-awaited finale for the Dramaturgically yours… series is here!  In August, we had a local twist with Too big? Too small? , now I will transport you to a liberating moment in international history, with Martin Luther King’s famous speech, ‘I have a dream’.

King was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.  He delivered his ‘I have a dream’ speech on 28 August, 1963, at the Lincolm Memorial, Washington. D.C,  as President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement.  I like this speech primarily because it’s a very powerful speech on 2 things that resonate greatly with me – Freedom and dreams. Dreams are powerful fuel for our actions, and I believe everyone deserves to be free in their own right.

Relive the moment when King presented his closing speech with me!  Details as follows:

  • Title: I have a dream by Martin Luther King
  • Venue: Filcom Toastmasters, Cairnhill Community Club, Level 2, Conference Room, 1 Anthony Road, Singapore
  • Date: 26 November 2010
  • Time: 7-10pm

I look forward to seeing you there!

With love,
Pei Shan

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November 24, 2010   No Comments

What are your signature strengths? A tabulation of the VIA virtues and strengths – 2009 and 2010

2 years ago in 2008, I tabulated the VIA‘s character strengths.  Here are the updates for 2009 and 2010.

Some interesting things to note:

The VIA used to stand for “Values In Action”, however, it now simply represents  the literal meaning of VIA – “the way”.  It is the way to Happiness, via our strengths.

No changes in the strengths’ names, however, there is a growing amount of positive literature and research conducted on these over the 2 years.


Wisdom and Knowledge

  1. Creativity
  2. Curiosity
  3. Judgment & Open-Mindedness
  4. Love of Learning
  5. Perspective


  1. Bravery
  2. Perseverance
  3. Honesty
  4. Zest


  1. Capacity to Love and Be Loved
  2. Kindness
  3. Social Intelligence


  1. Teamwork
  2. Fairness
  3. Leadership


  1. Forgiveness and Mercy
  2. Modesty and Humility
  3. Prudence
  4. Self-Regulation


  1. Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
  2. Gratitude
  3. Hope
  4. Humour
  5. Religiousness and Spirituality


1. Wisdom and Knowledge

  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Judgment & Open-Mindedness
  • Love of Learning
  • Perspective

2. Courage

  • Bravery
  • Perseverance
  • Honesty
  • Zest

3. Humanity

  • Capacity to Love and Be Loved
  • Kindness
  • Social Intelligence

4. Justice

  • Teamwork
  • Fairness
  • Leadership

5. Temperance

  • Forgiveness & Mercy
  • Modesty & Humility
  • Prudence
  • Self-Regulation

6. Transcendence

  • Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
  • Gratitude
  • Hope
  • Humor
  • Religiousness & Spirituality

November 18, 2010   No Comments

Special seminar: Making friends with impromptu speaking

Have impromptu speaking within your hand!

Shanshine special speech on impromptu speaking 11Nov2010

Making friends with impromptu speaking!

My beloved friends

Have you always admired those who could speak about anything under the sun and appear so calm, composed and intelligent?

How to speak off the cuff when someone asks you a question that you are unprepared for?

How to deliver an impromptu speech confidently and intelligently?

If you say yes to any of these questions, you will enjoy Shanshine’s secret tips on making impromptu speaking your friend!

Drink in the Shanshine’s:

  • how-to get prepared for the unprepared (This is a definite that I love sharing on!:D)
  • tips on beginning and ending (your speech or comment) like you’re the key expert, and
  • a bonus secret! Shan’s SWEET structure!

It’s so exciting to share these with you!

Details as follows:

Venue: Nee Soon South Toastmasters, Nee Soon South Community Club, 30 Yishun Street 81, Singapore
Date: 15 November 2010
Time: 7-10pm

I look forward to seeing you there!

With love,

PS. This is part of a 2-topic series on body language and impromptu speaking!

RSVP Contact Pei Shan

November 11, 2010   No Comments

Special seminar: Mastering body language

Be like the bird! Master your body language!

Shanshine IMS special speech on body language 11Nov2010

Mastering body language

My beloved friends

Do you wonder:

  • Why do you feel so comfortable with someone you have just met?
  • How to increase your attractiveness even if you are not good-looking?
  • How to be confident, especially in front of people you want to make a good first impression?

Join me as I share with you:

  • my proven secret tips, and
  • the essentials of mastering your body language

This is for you if you want to:

  • learn and practise making others feel comfortable in your presence
  • be more attractive
  • appear more confident to those that matter to you

Details as follows:

Venue: Nee Soon South Toastmasters, Nee Soon South Community Club, 30 Yishun Street 81, Singapore
Date: 15 November 2010
Time: 7-10pm

I look forward to seeing you there!

With love,

PS. This is part of a 2-topic series on body language and impromptu speaking!

RSVP Contact Pei Shan

November 11, 2010   1 Comment