VIA® PRO Character Strengths Report - Buy Now!
The VIA PRO Character Strengths Report is designed for professionals working with individuals on applying their strengths to improve their life. It provides a closer look at an individual's character strengths through the use of 5 Graphs, description of key research around certain character strengths, ways to explore strengths, a description of the overuse and underuse of highest strengths, and a description of the most recent interventions for building each of the 24 strengths of character.
Many practitioners describe the VIA PRO as providing a powerful jump-start that aids their consulting, management, therapy and coaching relationships. The VIA PRO emerged from a panel of leading experts in the world of strengths; their comments, suggestions, and judgments have been invaluable. Cost is $40 USD. NOW AVAILABLE: Comparative Report and Lesser Strengths Report (click to purchase at checkout).
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I. Character Strengths in Rank Order Graph with Numeric Value
II. Signature Strengths Graph and In-Depth Review including:
- What research says about the individual's Signature Strengths
- How to explore these Strengths
- Novel ways to use these Strengths
- Overuse of Strengths
- Underuse of Strengths
III. Core Virtues Graph with Questions to Explore
V. Appendix: Exercises for Strengths Building
VI. Free Practitioner's Guide
VII. Optional, Comparative Report
VIII. Optional, Lesser Strengths Report
A Narrative Description of the VIA PRO Character Strengths Report:
No doubt one of the most common questions practitioners are asked after a client takes the VIA Inventory of Strengths Survey is: "Okay great, now what?" The VIA PRO Character Strengths Report is an answer to that question. After one becomes more aware of one's character strengths the phase of exploration begins to unfold. Individuals are encouraged to reflect on their signature strengths, consider how they've used them in the past, look for signature strengths in their daily interactions and activities, and begin discussing them with others.
Hearkening back to the virtues. Often with all the great research and application discussion on character strengths that is being done, we lose focus on the broader categories - the virtues. This is interesting considering the VIA Classification started with an identification of those core virtues valued throughout the ages by philosophers and the greatest thinkers throughout time. There are two graphs in the report that depict the individual's virtue expression. This is important as it gives the person a sense for whether their strengths reside more as civic strengths, as emotional strengths, as interpersonal strengths, and so on. One of the graphs assists the user in attempting to understand which strengths might pose as a particular pathway for expressing each virtue.
The mind-heart-self-others connection. Chris Peterson's factor analysis work reveals a striking "circumplex model" that lays out the 24 character strengths in terms of whether they are strengths of the heart (e.g., gratitude), strengths of the mind (e.g., prudence), strengths that relate more to oneself (e.g., creativity), and strengths that relate more to others (e.g., teamwork). The individual's signature strengths are highlighted on this graph. This depiction is a reminder that while it is possible two people could have a similar strengths profile, the subtle differences and interactions between and among character strengths are as varied as there are people on the planet, thus all work with VIA character strengths must be individualized.
Jump start on practical application. For each of the individual's top 5 or 6 strengths, detailed explanations, descriptions, and research findings are offered followed by concrete practical suggestions to explore and use the strength. How the individual makes these changes of employing strengths in everyday life is at the crux of positive psychology. This serves as an invaluable resource for both the individual user and the coach who plans to work with a client's character strengths in depth.
Finding the golden mean. One character strength area that has captured the interest of practitioners around the world is the concept of a golden mean of character strengths, that is, finding the right combination of strengths to be used to the right degree in the right situation. To find this golden mean in a given situation, the individual must be acutely aware of the fact that it is very easy to overuse or overplay a strength, as well as to underuse or underplay a strength. The VIA PRO Character Strengths Report offers descriptive sections on overuse and underuse for each of the user's signature strengths.
What's the evidence. Included in every VIA PRO Character Strengths Report is an
appendix which offers one intervention for boosting or working with
each of the 24 VIA Character Strengths. While the research is stronger
for certain strengths (e.g., creativity and hope) than for others (e.g.,
prudence and humility), effort is made to provide a best practice.
Sometimes the practice is a result of multiple research studies,
sometimes it is based on the best preliminary evidence that has emerged,
and on other occasions it is a direct suggestion from leading experts
on that particular character strength.
NOW AVAILABLE! Comparison Report: This new report is now available for purchase as an additional feature to the VIA PRO Character Strengths Report. A common feature of psychological tests is to compare the individual's results
with the results of others. We encourage users to approach this section
with caution as it is only comparing the user's self-perception with
others' self-perception, and is not a comparison of actual strength use.
Ultimately the VIA Inventory is best used in comparing one's own
strengths rather than comparing them to others. Nevertheless, it is
fascinating to see that, for example, one has scored higher than 92.66%
of people on the perspective strength, and at the same time, scored
higher than only 21.20% of people on the kindness strength. Even more interesting is that these percentages are comparisons to people
who are similar in age, gender, education level, and from the same
country (or geographic region). Click box at check out
to include with purchase of VIA PRO Character Strengths Report. Can be bundled with Lesser
Strengths Report for a discount.
NOW AVAILABLE! Lesser Strengths Report. As with the Comparison Report the Lesser Strengths Report is an additional feature available for purchase that is embedded in the VIA PRO Character Strengths Report. This report explores the individual's lesser strengths. At VIA we suggest that working on one's highest strengths is likely to be of the highest benefit for growth and for various positive outcomes, but at the same time, there is also value in boosting up strengths that we are not as tuned into. This optional feature includes a description of each lower strength, tips for exploring it, and a summary of key research findings on the strength. Click box at check out to include with purchase of VIA Pro Report. Can be bundled with Comparative Report for a discount.
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