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Self-Tracking of Character        StrengthsPositive Psychology Influenced Self-              Tracking            By Jeff F...
Positive Psychology in a Nutshell•   The Psychology of Human Flourishing•   Optimal Functioning and Well-being•   Why not ...
What is a Strength?• When you might experience flow,  engagement, success, inner drive, positive  emotion• Traits of chara...
What is a Strength?• An ability to consistently produce a positive  outcome through near-perfect performance in  a specifi...
Identifying Strengths• Yearnings- an internal force, magnetic attraction that leads  you to a particular activity or envir...
Identifying Strengths• Two Assessments:• Gallup Strengthsfinder  – http://www.strengthsfinder.com/home.aspx• Values in Act...
VIA• The VIA is the positive psychology counterpart  to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of  Mental Disorders (DSM) u...
Character Strengths & Virtues• 24 Character Strengths Under 6 Virtues:  – Wisdom and Knowledge  – Courage  – Love and Huma...
Character Strengths & Virtues•   Creativity            •   Citizenship•   Curiosity             •   Fairness•   Open-minde...
Gallup Strengthsfinder• 34 Themes• Clustered into 4 Categories  – Executing  – Strategic Thinking  – Influencing  – Relati...
My Strengths• VIA   –   Creativity, Originality   –   Curiosity, Interest in the world   –   Authenticity, Integrity, hone...
What I Am Tracking• How often do I really utilize my strengths?• Are there certain strengths that give me more  benefits i...
Why?• Lifestyle Design and Optimization  – Get a better understanding for how I operate     • Prediction, treatment  – Enh...
How?• PACO  – Personal Analytics Companion  – Android –Based Self-Experimentation App  – Experience Sampling Method (ESM) ...
How?• Signals me 6 times a day, at semi-random times• Asks me  –   What I am doing?  –   What is my mood?  –   What is my ...
What Have I Learned?
Distributions SF                   1- Achiever                   2- Significance                   3- Learner             ...
Distributions VIA                    1- Creativity                    2- Curiosity                    3- Authenticity     ...
When I Feel Energized                 1- Achiever                 2- Significance                 3- Learner              ...
When I Feel Energized                 1- Creativity                 2- Curiosity                 3- Authenticity          ...
In High Positive Mood                 1- Achiever                 2- Significance                 3- Learner              ...
In High Positive Mood                 1- Creativity                 2- Curiosity                 3- Authenticity          ...
Fully Activated (High Mood, High             Energy)
Fully Activated (High Mood, High             Energy)
The Dark Side…Low Energy, Low            Mood
The Dark Side…Low Energy, Low            Mood
The Dark Side of Authenticity &           Honesty
When I Am Feeling Creative…
When I Am Feeling Creative…
When I Am Feeling Creative…
When I Am Feeling Creative…                      1 – Independently                      2- Interdependently
When I Am Feeling Creative…
When I Am Feeling Creative…
When I Am Feeling Creative…
When I Am Feeling Creative…
When I Am Feeling Creative…
When I Am Feeling Creative…
Now What?• Balance Out My Underutilized Strengths  – Significance  – Command  – Perspective  – Bravery
Significance
Significance
Bravery
Last Thoughts and Key Takeaways• Consider Incorporating Strength Tracking into  your own QS stuff• Very Powerful for Lifes...
Thank You     Questions?       Jeff FajansJeffrey.fajans@cgu.edu     214-766-3908
LA Quantified Self Meetup (3/13) - Self-Tracking of Character Strengths by Jeff Fajans
LA Quantified Self Meetup (3/13) - Self-Tracking of Character Strengths by Jeff Fajans
LA Quantified Self Meetup (3/13) - Self-Tracking of Character Strengths by Jeff Fajans
LA Quantified Self Meetup (3/13) - Self-Tracking of Character Strengths by Jeff Fajans
LA Quantified Self Meetup (3/13) - Self-Tracking of Character Strengths by Jeff Fajans
LA Quantified Self Meetup (3/13) - Self-Tracking of Character Strengths by Jeff Fajans
LA Quantified Self Meetup (3/13) - Self-Tracking of Character Strengths by Jeff Fajans
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  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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