LA Quantified Self Meetup (3/13) - Self-Tracking of Character Strengths by Jeff Fajans
Self-Tracking of Character StrengthsPositive Psychology Influenced Self- Tracking By Jeff Fajans
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
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).
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.
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
Identifying Strengths• Two Assessments:• Gallup Strengthsfinder – http://www.strengthsfinder.com/home.aspx• Values in Action (VIA) – http://www.viacharacter.org
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
Character Strengths & Virtues• 24 Character Strengths Under 6 Virtues: – Wisdom and Knowledge – Courage – Love and Humanity – Justice – Temperance – Spirituality and Transcendence
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
Gallup Strengthsfinder• 34 Themes• Clustered into 4 Categories – Executing – Strategic Thinking – Influencing – Relationship Building
My Strengths• VIA – Creativity, Originality – Curiosity, Interest in the world – Authenticity, Integrity, honesty – Perspective, wisdom – Bravery, valor• Strengthsfinder – Achiever – Significance – Learner – Command – Strategic
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?
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
How?• PACO – Personal Analytics Companion – Android –Based Self-Experimentation App – Experience Sampling Method (ESM) – Created by Bob Evans
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.
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?
Thank You Questions? Jeff FajansJeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org 214-766-3908