the appraisal of one’s capability and determination to achieve a goal and 2.) hope pathways thinking, which is the mental process of identifying viable routes to goals.
Is it better when each person experiences a lot of positive affect individually? Or is it more important when each member of the group co-experiences positive affect?
Many of us have wishes, goals and ideas about what we still want to achieve in our lives or what our life should look like in the best case. We imagine in our thoughts how nice it would be to achieve this and, if we are good, we even become active to go in the right direction. We make plans and, if we are smart, we get support for difficult tasks or setbacks.
With this series, I want to help you explore what strengths we use on a daily basis. In this post: Which strengths do I need to draw a line?
We have heard the phrase or a similar one, “His biggest strength is his biggest weakness”. But how can that be? Shouldn’t strengths and weaknesses be completely different? I mean if something is my strengths it always is right?
When speaking about strengths, it has the potential to cause confusion. When asked what your strengths are, some might answer with what their values are, what their talents are or their skills. Then how do these things differ from another?
Maybe it’s happened to you before. You’re sitting in a job interview and suddenly your interviewer asks you what your strengths are. You probably thought about it before. But to what percentage was your answer driven by what you thought the other person wanted to hear? And to what percentage were these really YOUR strengths? And why is it important?
When some people hear Positive Psychology they automatically think of positive thinking or smiley faces and as a consequence, some get a tight knot in their stomach. Rightfully so. Positive Psychology is not about unicorns and that everyone should always be happy and smile all the time. That is not the aim of Positive Psychology and certainly not mine.