LA Quantified Self Meetup (3/13) - Self-Tracking of Character Strengths by Jeff Fajans

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  • LA Quantified Self Meetup (3/13) - Self-Tracking of Character Strengths by Jeff Fajans

    1. 1. Self-Tracking of Character StrengthsPositive Psychology Influenced Self- Tracking By Jeff Fajans
    2. 2. Positive Psychology in a Nutshell• The Psychology of Human Flourishing• Optimal Functioning and Well-being• Why not study people at their best?• Examples of Positive Psychology Research Areas: – Happiness – Flow – Creativity – Engagement – Hope – Positive Emotions – Meaning in Life – Character Strengths & Talents
    3. 3. What is a Strength?• When you might experience flow, engagement, success, inner drive, positive emotion• Traits of character (consistent traits people universally express across all areas of their life -- home, family, social life, work).
    4. 4. What is a Strength?• An ability to consistently produce a positive outcome through near-perfect performance in a specific task (Gallup)• Composed of – Skills- your basic abilities, acquired through training and practice – Knowledge- acquired through education – Talents – ways in which you naturally think, feel, and behave. We each have unique talents within us.
    5. 5. Identifying Strengths• Yearnings- an internal force, magnetic attraction that leads you to a particular activity or environment again and again• Rapid Learning- acquiring skill or knowledge seems easy• Satisfaction- Psychological Fulfillment• Timelessness- becoming so engrossed you lose track of time• Glimpses of Excellence- flashes of outstanding performance
    6. 6. Identifying Strengths• Two Assessments:• Gallup Strengthsfinder – http://www.strengthsfinder.com/home.aspx• Values in Action (VIA) – http://www.viacharacter.org
    7. 7. VIA• The VIA is the positive psychology counterpart to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) used in traditional psychology.• Created by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman• A 240 item measure
    8. 8. Character Strengths & Virtues• 24 Character Strengths Under 6 Virtues: – Wisdom and Knowledge – Courage – Love and Humanity – Justice – Temperance – Spirituality and Transcendence
    9. 9. Character Strengths & Virtues• Creativity • Citizenship• Curiosity • Fairness• Open-mindedness • Leadership• Love of Learning • Forgiveness and mercy• Perspective • Humility• Bravery • Prudence• Persistence • Self Control• Integrity • Appreciation of Beauty• Zest • Gratitude• Love • Hope• Kindness • Humor• Social Intelligence • Spirituality
    10. 10. Gallup Strengthsfinder• 34 Themes• Clustered into 4 Categories – Executing – Strategic Thinking – Influencing – Relationship Building
    11. 11. My Strengths• VIA – Creativity, Originality – Curiosity, Interest in the world – Authenticity, Integrity, honesty – Perspective, wisdom – Bravery, valor• Strengthsfinder – Achiever – Significance – Learner – Command – Strategic
    12. 12. What I Am Tracking• How often do I really utilize my strengths?• Are there certain strengths that give me more benefits in terms of well-being?• Is there a dark side to any of my strengths?• What kinds of activities am I doing where I feel I am using my strengths? With who?
    13. 13. Why?• Lifestyle Design and Optimization – Get a better understanding for how I operate • Prediction, treatment – Enhance mood, energy – Do more or less of certain activities – Spend more or less time with certain people
    14. 14. How?• PACO – Personal Analytics Companion – Android –Based Self-Experimentation App – Experience Sampling Method (ESM) – Created by Bob Evans
    15. 15. How?• Signals me 6 times a day, at semi-random times• Asks me – What I am doing? – What is my mood? – What is my energy level? – Who am I with? – Where am I? – What Strengths, if any, I am using? – Etc.
    16. 16. What Have I Learned?
    17. 17. Distributions SF 1- Achiever 2- Significance 3- Learner 4- Command 5- Strategic 6- None
    18. 18. Distributions VIA 1- Creativity 2- Curiosity 3- Authenticity 4- Perspective 5- Bravery 6- None
    19. 19. When I Feel Energized 1- Achiever 2- Significance 3- Learner 4- Command 5- Strategic 6- None
    20. 20. When I Feel Energized 1- Creativity 2- Curiosity 3- Authenticity 4- Perspective 5- Bravery 6- None
    21. 21. In High Positive Mood 1- Achiever 2- Significance 3- Learner 4- Command 5- Strategic 6- None
    22. 22. In High Positive Mood 1- Creativity 2- Curiosity 3- Authenticity 4- Perspective 5- Bravery 6- None
    23. 23. Fully Activated (High Mood, High Energy)
    24. 24. Fully Activated (High Mood, High Energy)
    25. 25. The Dark Side…Low Energy, Low Mood
    26. 26. The Dark Side…Low Energy, Low Mood
    27. 27. The Dark Side of Authenticity & Honesty
    28. 28. When I Am Feeling Creative…
    29. 29. When I Am Feeling Creative…
    30. 30. When I Am Feeling Creative…
    31. 31. When I Am Feeling Creative… 1 – Independently 2- Interdependently
    32. 32. When I Am Feeling Creative…
    33. 33. When I Am Feeling Creative…
    34. 34. When I Am Feeling Creative…
    35. 35. When I Am Feeling Creative…
    36. 36. When I Am Feeling Creative…
    37. 37. When I Am Feeling Creative…
    38. 38. Now What?• Balance Out My Underutilized Strengths – Significance – Command – Perspective – Bravery
    39. 39. Significance
    40. 40. Significance
    41. 41. Bravery
    42. 42. Last Thoughts and Key Takeaways• Consider Incorporating Strength Tracking into your own QS stuff• Very Powerful for Lifestyle Design – To test assumptions – To identify what, where, when, with who – Fun to see how it relates to mood and energy variables – What else would be interesting to test?
    43. 43. Thank You Questions? Jeff FajansJeffrey.fajans@cgu.edu 214-766-3908

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