How The VIA Survey Differs From Other Strengths Assessments
The VIA Inventory of Strengths (commonly known as the VIA Survey) assesses strengths of character through a 240 question survey. The Survey has been taken by over 1.3 million people worldwide and has been translated into 17 languages.
The VIA Survey measures core character strengths that are universal across all domains- work, relationships, school, social, etc. It is the only strengths finder that focuses on individuals expanding their view of who they are- all 24 character strengths matter. Other measures may tend to emphasize constricting or narrowing the focus (e.g., only the top 5 matter).
Also, the VIA Survey strengths have a strong positive (and to some, a moralistic) bent, such as kindness, fairness, and love, while personality assessments tend to determine traits that are neutral (extroversion/introversion, sensing/intuiting, etc.)
VIA is the only online, free, non-proprietary strengths finder instrument. Hundreds of scientists have used and studied the VIA instrument and the VIA Institute openly shares the survey's psychometric data. Many other character strengths assessments keep psychometric information private so we are limited in our knowledge of reliability and validity of these strengths surveys.
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