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Stephanie - great post. I've recently come across the article "Using Strengths When You Work" by Kathryn Britton at http://pos-psych.com/news/kathryn-britton/20070807363
She offers an interesting perspective on strengths and what to do with them.


Thanks, Anastasia. I took a look at the article. I am not clear what she is calling strengths. The strengths measured by Johnson O'Connor and Highlands are not situation-specific. They are stable from mid-adolesence on. It looks like she may be talking about a mix of values, skills, and interests.

For many reasons (mentioned above), I am very leery of self-reports for most situations. I have been for a number of years but two books that I read recently (both off to the left in the What I Am Reading or Great Books sections) reinforced my thinking: Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) and A Mind of its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives.


I was intrigued by her use of context because I think, context influences how and whether we express our aptitudes even when they are measured objectively. From the standpoint of learning and developement,perhaps, a combination of objective testing with context-specific self-reflection could be a useful tool.

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