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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  Nevertheless, Leadership is not too far down the list, and has been superseded by Perspective.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

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

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

In an earlier article, What is Positive Psychology? (Part 2), I mentioned the Values in Action (VIA) Classification of Strengths Manual. This VIA was formulated after three years of extensive research into various sources such as religion and philosophy. As a tool, the VIA is indeed commendable for labelling our strengths, however, as it is relatively infant in usage, discretion should be exercised. I found the VIA Institute on Character’s exercises on using our strengths in innovative ways thought-provoking, and is definitely worth trying out!

Here is a tabulation of strengths classified under each virtue, Wisdom and Knowledge, Courage, Humanity and Love, Justice, Temperance, and Transcendence (Seligman, 2002).
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March 22, 2008   6 Comments

What is Positive Psychology? (Part 2)

In my first post, I defined what Positive Psychology is – “The study of the strengths and virtues that enable[s] individuals and communities to thrive and find happiness” (Positive psychology, n.d.). That is but one of many definitions abundant in this thriving new movement. To me, Positive Psychology epitomises all things optimistic, and naturally, strengths and virtues of people fall into Positive Psychology, as they are “feel-good” kind of things.

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January 24, 2008   1 Comment