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I’ve posted my top 5 strengths below — would you share yours, and also mention whether you’re an introvert or extrovert? (and your Myers-Briggs type, if you know it?) Curious to see whether any patterns emerge.

Looking forward to seeing your results!

RESULTS FOR SUSAN CAIN:

Character Strength # 1

Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

Character Strength # 2

Fairness
Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

Character Strength # 3

Forgiveness
You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge.

Character Strength # 4

Gratitude
You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.

Character Strength # 5

Love
You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

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  1. Fred Parker on 11.03.2014 at 10:02 (Reply)

    Suasn, I attempted to take the Quiz but could not get it onto my screen, what’ the story? - Fred Parker

    1. Sophie on 12.03.2014 at 00:18 (Reply)

      I couldn’t login after registering until I got out (it was connected through a link from Susan’s site) and went in again through a via me google search- I was then able to login and take the survey. If you have the same issue- I hope this helps.

  2. Ezequiel on 11.03.2014 at 10:12 (Reply)

    Hi! Here are my five:

    Character Strength # 1
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 2
    Judgment
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 3
    Gratitude
    You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.

    Character Strength # 4
    Curiosity
    You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.

    Character Strength # 5
    Love of learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    I’m an introvert! Woo! :)

  3. Crystal on 11.03.2014 at 10:20 (Reply)

    I’m a freelance writer/retired humor columnist, 42 years old, married with kids, INTJ.

    As a quick aside, I nearly cried when I saw the last 3 of the 24 traits because I felt it was unflattering and said bad things about my character. After I stopped over-thinking it, I realized I still selected “like me” on most of them. They just didn’t calculate as high as these top 5:

    Character Strength # 1
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 2
    Fairness
    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

    Character Strength # 3
    Humor
    You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.

    Character Strength # 4
    Love of learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    Character Strength # 5
    Prudence
    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

  4. Mitch on 11.03.2014 at 10:20 (Reply)

    Introvert

    Character Strength # 1
    Perseverance
    You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.

    Character Strength # 2
    Fairness
    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

    Character Strength # 3
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 4
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 5
    Perspective
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    1. Mitch on 11.03.2014 at 14:13 (Reply)

      oh, and it is INFP or sometimes J

  5. Delphine on 11.03.2014 at 10:24 (Reply)

    This is cool! I’m an INFJ and I got Love of Learning, Judgement, Honesty, Self-Regulation and Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence.

  6. Howard on 11.03.2014 at 10:34 (Reply)

    Thanks Susan Cain. It’s been a few years since I’ve taken the VIA. Results are the same:

    Character Strength # 1 | Judgment

    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 2 | Prudence

    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

    Character Strength # 3 | Honesty

    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 4 | Love of learning

    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    Character Strength # 5 Humility

    You do not seek the spotlight, preferring to let your accomplishments speak for themselves. You do not regard yourself as special, and others recognize and value your modesty.

  7. Rebecca on 11.03.2014 at 10:34 (Reply)

    I’m a 29yo introvert, INTJ, and I got: Judgment, Love of Learning, Honesty, Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence, and Prudence.

    Very similar to those already posted, interesting!

  8. Kari Pelaez on 11.03.2014 at 10:46 (Reply)

    I am an INFP.

    Character Strength # 1
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 2
    Love of learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    Character Strength # 3
    Love
    You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

    Character Strength # 4
    Perspective
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Character Strength # 5
    Social intelligence
    You are aware of the motives and feelings of other people. You know what to do to fit in to different social situations, and you know what to do to put others at ease

  9. Sarah on 11.03.2014 at 10:48 (Reply)

    I’m an INTJ; here are mine:

    Character Strength # 1
    Love of learning

    Character Strength # 2
    Judgment

    Character Strength # 3
    Prudence

    Character Strength # 4
    Curiosity

    Character Strength # 5
    Creativity

  10. Josh on 11.03.2014 at 10:54 (Reply)

    I’m an INFP

    Character Strength # 1
    Humor
    You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.

    Character Strength # 2
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 3
    Love
    You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

    Character Strength # 4
    Kindness
    You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

    Character Strength # 5
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

  11. Kristin on 11.03.2014 at 11:03 (Reply)

    Introvert-INTP

    Character Strengths
    #1: Appreciation of Beauty/Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    #2: Love of Learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    #3: Fairness
    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

    #4: Creativity
    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

    #5: Humor
    You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.

  12. Beth on 11.03.2014 at 11:09 (Reply)

    Introvert here. :-)

    I got:
    1. Love of learning
    2. Spirituality
    3. Judgment
    4. Gratitude
    5. Honesty

  13. Saravji on 11.03.2014 at 11:19 (Reply)

    Character strength:

    Character Strength # 1
    Creativity
    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

    Character Strength # 2
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 3
    Bravery
    You are a courageous person who does not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. You speak up for what is right even if there is opposition. You act on your convictions.

    Character Strength # 4
    Love of learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    Character Strength # 5
    Perspective
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Introvert, Myers-Briggs INTP

  14. Sarah on 11.03.2014 at 11:48 (Reply)

    Introvert, INTP

    1. Creativity
    2. Fairness
    3. Love of Learning
    4. Judgement
    5. Perspective

  15. Donna Engborg on 11.03.2014 at 11:53 (Reply)

    My 5 Characteristics:
    Honesty, Hope, Humility, Perspective

    I am an Introvert

    Myers Briggs: INTJ

    I can’t wait to hear what you surmise from all this. :)

  16. S Sanders on 11.03.2014 at 12:03 (Reply)

    I’m an introvert :en :-) My number one strength is love of learning, and then comes perseverance, judgment, and fairness.

  17. S Sanders on 11.03.2014 at 12:04 (Reply)

    …oops, I missed one. Forgiveness

  18. Emerito Pascual on 11.03.2014 at 12:08 (Reply)

    I registered. But when I tried to log in, I could not get in. Please advise. Thanks.

  19. Katarina Hoven on 11.03.2014 at 12:24 (Reply)

    Character Strengths:

    Character Strength # 1
    Kindness
    You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

    Character Strength # 2
    Judgment
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 3
    Fairness
    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

    Character Strength # 4
    Prudence
    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

    Character Strength # 5
    Spirituality
    You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.

    After reading through the descriptions, I think my fifth and sixth could easily be tied (my sixth was Love of Learning)

    Introvert, INFJ

    It will certainly be interesting to see if any patterns emerge!

  20. Chantal on 11.03.2014 at 12:27 (Reply)

    Character Strength # 1
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 2
    Judgment
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 3
    Prudence
    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

    Character Strength # 4
    Humor
    You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.

    Character Strength # 5
    Gratitude
    You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.

    Introvert, INFP

  21. Sarah on 11.03.2014 at 12:28 (Reply)

    Ambivert, ENFJ/INFJ alternatively (it’s roughly a 55/45 split towards extroversion)

    1. Honesty
    2. Kindness
    3. Fairness
    4. Curiosity
    5. Hope

  22. Trung on 11.03.2014 at 12:31 (Reply)

    Character Strength # 1
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 2
    Humility
    You do not seek the spotlight, preferring to let your accomplishments speak for themselves. You do not regard yourself as special, and others recognize and value your modesty.

    Character Strength # 3
    Fairness
    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

    Character Strength # 4
    Perspective
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Character Strength # 5
    Prudence
    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

    I’, an INFJ

  23. Rich on 11.03.2014 at 12:33 (Reply)

    INFP - here are my top 5!

    Character Strength # 1
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 2
    Fairness
    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

    Character Strength # 3
    Forgiveness
    You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge.

    Character Strength # 4
    Kindness
    You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

    Character Strength # 5
    Love of learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

  24. Egdar on 11.03.2014 at 12:34 (Reply)

    Character Strength # 1
    Judgment
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 2
    Fairness
    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

    Character Strength # 3
    Prudence
    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

    Character Strength # 4
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 5
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

  25. Sue Jaafar on 11.03.2014 at 12:41 (Reply)

    Hello Susan :) I’m an introvert and ISFJ. Below are my results -

    Character Strength # 1
    Fairness
    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

    Character Strength # 2
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 3
    Love of learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    Character Strength # 4
    Prudence
    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

    Character Strength # 5
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

  26. anotherwise on 11.03.2014 at 13:14 (Reply)

    I am INTJ/INFJ (I have weak preference for either F or T). The results describe me perfectly. It’s hard to accept that, despite wanting to score high in some areas, the reality isn’t true. There is always room for growth, though :)

    Character Strength # 1: Love of learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    Character Strength # 2: Judgment
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 3: Perspective
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Character Strength # 4: Prudence
    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

    Character Strength # 5: Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength #6: Fairness
    Character Strength #7: Humility
    Character Strength #8: Self-Regulation
    Character Strength #9: Love
    Character Strength #10: Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    Character Strength #11: Forgiveness
    Character Strength #12: Teamwork
    Character Strength #13: Curiosity
    Character Strength #14: Humor
    Character Strength #15: Kindness
    Character Strength #16: Bravery
    Character Strength #17: Leadership
    Character Strength #18: Social intelligence
    Character Strength #19: Gratitude
    Character Strength #20: Creativity
    Character Strength #21: Hope
    Character Strength #22: Zest
    Character Strength #23: Perseverance
    Character Strength #24: Spirituality

  27. Darcey on 11.03.2014 at 14:12 (Reply)

    Darcey, Ambivert, INFJ

    Character Strength # 1
    Spirituality
    You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.

    Character Strength # 2
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 3
    Perspective
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Character Strength # 4
    Hope
    You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.

    Character Strength # 5
    Love of learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

  28. argylesox on 11.03.2014 at 14:13 (Reply)

    Introvert / INTJ

    Character Strength # 1

    Humor

    You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.

    Character Strength # 2

    Love of learning

    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    Character Strength # 3

    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 4

    Honesty

    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 5

    Perseverance

    You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.

  29. Marilyn on 11.03.2014 at 14:13 (Reply)

    INTJ
    1. Love of learning
    2. Judgment
    3. Bravery
    4. Honesty
    5. Humility

  30. Amy on 11.03.2014 at 14:22 (Reply)

    Introvert. ISTJ

    1. Judgement
    2. Prudence
    3. Love
    4. Kindness
    5. Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

  31. Sharon on 11.03.2014 at 15:38 (Reply)

    Hi, im an introvert and my results were:

    Appreciate of beauty and excellence
    humility
    humor
    kindness
    love

  32. Layla on 11.03.2014 at 15:54 (Reply)

    INFP and mine were:
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    Love
    Judgment
    Prudence
    Kindness

  33. Kris on 11.03.2014 at 15:58 (Reply)

    I’m an introvert, INTJ nine times out of ten but occasionally I get INFJ.

    Character Strength # 1
    Judgment
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 2
    Kindness
    You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

    Character Strength # 3
    Prudence
    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

    Character Strength # 4
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 5
    Creativity
    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

    Love of learning, self-regulation, perspective, teamwork, and perseverance round out my top 10.

  34. Sokol on 11.03.2014 at 15:59 (Reply)

    Introvert, ISTJ:
    1. Honesty
    2. Perspective
    3. Prudence
    4. Humility
    5. Judgement

  35. lisa on 11.03.2014 at 16:48 (Reply)

    I’m an ENFP/ambivert.

    #1, Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    #2, Honesty
    #3, Creativity
    #4, Gratitude
    #5, Curiosity

    Perseverance, self-regulation, and humility are at the bottom of my list. ;) Not flattering, but I’m not surprised!

  36. Christen on 11.03.2014 at 17:05 (Reply)

    Introverted -

    Character Strength # 1
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 2
    Love
    You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

    Character Strength # 3
    Spirituality
    You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.

    Character Strength # 4
    Kindness
    You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

    Character Strength # 5
    Forgiveness
    You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge.

  37. Liz on 11.03.2014 at 17:24 (Reply)

    I’m an INFP.

    Character Strength # 1
    Judgment

    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 2
    Love of learning

    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    Character Strength # 3
    Kindness

    You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

    Character Strength # 4
    Humor

    You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.

    Character Strength # 5
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

  38. Nidhi Berry on 11.03.2014 at 17:59 (Reply)

    Pretty on point, although now I feel like a caricature of an idealist!

    My five character strengths:

    1. Social intelligence: You are aware of the motives and feelings of other people. You know what to do to fit in to different social situations, and you know what to do to put others at ease.
    2. Kindness: You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.
    3. Prudence: You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.
    4. Love: You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.
    5. Teamwork: You excel as a member of a group. You are a loyal and dedicated teammate, you always do your share, and you work hard for the success of your group.

    I’m an INFJ, although right on the I/E dividing line. Was far more I than E growing up, now close to ambivert.

  39. Magnus on 11.03.2014 at 18:00 (Reply)

    Hi
    I am an INFP - very clear I - and you book is great Susan

    1. Creativity
    2. Honesty
    3. Justice
    4. Judgement,
    5. Perspective

    I translated back from Swedish so I hope I got it right.

  40. Matthew on 11.03.2014 at 18:12 (Reply)

    Character Strength # 1
    Spirituality
    You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.

    Character Strength # 2
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 3
    Perseverance
    You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.

    Character Strength # 4
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 5
    Bravery
    You are a courageous person who does not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. You speak up for what is right even if there is opposition. You act on your convictions.

  41. Jen on 11.03.2014 at 18:21 (Reply)

    I’m an INTP:

    Character Strength # 1
    Love of learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    Character Strength # 2
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 3
    Perspective
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Character Strength # 4
    Creativity
    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

    Character Strength # 5
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

  42. Flo on 11.03.2014 at 18:46 (Reply)

    Interesting. I’m an ISFP

    #1 Creativity
    #2 Gratitude
    #3 Honesty
    #4 Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
    #5 Humility

  43. Kristi on 11.03.2014 at 18:53 (Reply)

    ISTJ

    # 1 Spirituality

    # 2 Love

    # 3 Gratitude

    # 4 Judgment

    # 5 Prudence

  44. Sara on 11.03.2014 at 18:54 (Reply)

    I am in introvert… INFP

    Character Strength # 1
    Love of learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    Character Strength # 2
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 3
    Perspective
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Character Strength # 4
    Creativity
    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

    Character Strength # 5
    Fairness
    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

  45. Melissa on 11.03.2014 at 19:07 (Reply)

    Character Strengths:
    1. Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
    2. Judgment
    3. Perspective
    4. Hope
    5. Gratitude

    Introvert

    INFJ

    Thank you, Susan. Looking forward to the research results.

    Best,
    Melissa

  46. Amy on 11.03.2014 at 19:24 (Reply)

    Introvert|ISTJ

    Character Strength # 1
    Judgment
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 2
    Humility
    You do not seek the spotlight, preferring to let your accomplishments speak for themselves. You do not regard yourself as special, and others recognize and value your modesty.

    Character Strength # 3
    Prudence
    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

    Character Strength # 4
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 5
    Forgiveness
    You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge.

  47. Paul on 11.03.2014 at 20:08 (Reply)

    Character Strength # 1
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 2
    Perseverance
    You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.

    Character Strength # 3
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 4
    Creativity
    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

    Character Strength # 5
    Curiosity
    You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.

  48. Susan B on 11.03.2014 at 20:44 (Reply)

    52 yo female INFP

    Character Strength # 1
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

    Character Strength # 2
    Gratitude

    Character Strength # 3
    Love of learning

    Character Strength # 4
    Curiosity

    Character Strength # 5
    Judgment

  49. Kohen on 11.03.2014 at 21:18 (Reply)

    I am 28 years old, male and an INTJ. Here are my character strengths:

    1. Judgement
    2. Love of learning
    3. Honesty
    4. Hope
    5. Perspective

  50. David on 11.03.2014 at 21:37 (Reply)

    Meyers-Briggs INTJ, Kiersey MasterMind

    Character - Love of Learning, Curiosity, Kindness, Gratitude, Prudence

  51. Liz on 11.03.2014 at 22:26 (Reply)

    Here are my five. I’m a Myers-Briggs INTJ.

    Character Strength # 1

    Love of learning

    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    Character Strength # 2

    Bravery

    You are a courageous person who does not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. You speak up for what is right even if there is opposition. You act on your convictions.

    Character Strength # 3

    Curiosity

    You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.

    Character Strength # 4

    Humor

    You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.

    Character Strength # 5

    Judgment

    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

  52. Stacy on 11.03.2014 at 22:37 (Reply)

    I’m an INFP (usually close to middle of I-E scale on Myers-Briggs)

    5 strengths:
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    Judgment
    Kindness
    Love
    Prudence

    I am really surprised I didn’t get Love of Learning - that’s what I sort of consider my defining characteristic. Maybe age plays a factor? (I’m in my 50′s.)

  53. Andy Johnson on 11.03.2014 at 23:09 (Reply)

    Social Introvert; INFJ

    Character Strength # 1
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 2
    Perspective
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Character Strength # 3
    Judgment
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 4
    Prudence
    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

    Character Strength # 5
    Love of learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

  54. Susan on 11.03.2014 at 23:17 (Reply)

    Hello — wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your book, “Quiet”!

    I am a 44 year old female — Myers-Briggs is INFJ

    Character Strengths:
    1. Fairness
    2. Perseverance
    3. Honesty
    4. Judgement
    5. Bravery

  55. Sophie on 12.03.2014 at 00:24 (Reply)

    Here’s mine- I would have put creativity and perseverance as my top two, so was a little surprised- but thinking about it, I guess all of these five are my top strengths, I just don’t think about them on a regular basis.

    Character Strength # 1
    Humility
    You do not seek the spotlight, preferring to let your accomplishments speak for themselves. You do not regard yourself as special, and others recognize and value your modesty.

    Character Strength # 2
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 3
    Fairness
    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

    Character Strength # 4
    Creativity
    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

    Character Strength # 5
    Forgiveness
    You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge.

  56. Marije on 12.03.2014 at 04:03 (Reply)

    My name is Marije, 39, mother of two, INFJ.

    My list is:

    1. Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

    2. Love of Learning

    3. Fairness

    4. Humility

    5. Perspective

  57. Traci on 12.03.2014 at 04:20 (Reply)

    Introvert
    INFJ
    #1 = Kindness
    #2 = Honesty
    #3 = Humor
    #4 = Judgment
    #5 = Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

  58. Laura on 12.03.2014 at 08:14 (Reply)

    Hi Susan
    I am an introvert and INFJ on Myers/Briggs.
    My top strengths are:
    #1 Love of learning
    #2 Honesty
    #3 Judgement
    #4 Prudence
    #5 Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

  59. Laura on 12.03.2014 at 08:52 (Reply)

    My character strengths: 1. Humor 2. Perspective 3. Judgement 4. Gratitude 5. Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

  60. Emma Brown on 12.03.2014 at 09:11 (Reply)

    Introvert, INTJ

    Character Strength # 1
    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

    Character Strength # 2
    Love of learning

    Character Strength # 3
    Curiosity

    Character Strength # 4
    Spirituality

    Character Strength # 5
    Judgment

  61. Jessi on 12.03.2014 at 11:23 (Reply)

    (INFP) # 1 Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    # 2 Gratitude
    # 3 Love
    # 4 Love of learning
    # 5 Curiosity

  62. Q on 12.03.2014 at 12:08 (Reply)

    INTJ

    #1 Love of learning
    #2 Honesty
    #3 Bravery
    #4 Judgment
    #5 Humor

    So 2/5 match pretty perfectly with MBTI

  63. Lea on 12.03.2014 at 13:10 (Reply)

    Introvert
    1)Kindness
    2)Love
    3)Fairness
    4)Gratitude
    5)Spirituality
    6)Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

  64. Ashley on 12.03.2014 at 14:34 (Reply)

    Hi my name is Ashley, I am an American student working on my master’s degree in Paris, I am 24, female, and an INFJ.

    I got:
    Character Strength # 1
    Humor

    Character Strength # 2
    Prudence

    Character Strength # 3
    Forgiveness

    Character Strength # 4
    Fairness

    Character Strength # 5
    Honesty

    Thanks Susan, I really loved your book “Quiet” and your TED talk! Looking forward to the research results!

  65. Nick H. on 12.03.2014 at 17:04 (Reply)

    Introvert/INTJ

    1.) Judgment
    2.) Prudence
    3.) Forgiveness
    4.) Perseverance
    5.) Love of learning

  66. AnnaMag on 12.03.2014 at 22:25 (Reply)

    INTP
    introvert but close to the middle on intro-extroversion scale
    1. bravery
    2. fairness
    3. humor
    4. love of learning
    5. appreciation of beauty and excellence

  67. Ellie on 12.03.2014 at 23:16 (Reply)

    Introvert
    INTJ

    Character Strength #1:

    Fairness: Treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice; not letting personal feelings bias decisions about others; giving everyone a fair chance.

    Character Strength #2:

    Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence [awe, wonder, elevation]: Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience

    Character Strength #3:

    Humility: Letting one’s accomplishments speak for themselves; not regarding oneself as more special than one is

    Character Strength #4:

    Love: Valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated; being close to people

    Character Strength #5:

    Bravery [valor]: Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; speaking up for what is right even if there is opposition; acting on convictions even if unpopular; includes physical bravery but is not limited to it

  68. Catrific on 13.03.2014 at 01:39 (Reply)

    I’m introverted (INFJ) and here are my results: Honesty, Perspective, Social Intelligence, Love, and Kindness.

    Character Strength # 1
    Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 2
    Perspective
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Character Strength # 3
    Social intelligence
    You are aware of the motives and feelings of other people. You know what to do to fit in to different social situations, and you know what to do to put others at ease.

    Character Strength # 4
    Love
    You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

    Character Strength # 5
    Kindness
    You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

  69. Pat on 13.03.2014 at 08:32 (Reply)

    I am an Introvert.

    Character Strength # 1

    Kindness

    You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

    Character Strength # 2

    Leadership

    You excel at the tasks of leadership: encouraging a group to get things done and preserving harmony within the group by making everyone feel included. You do a good job organizing activities and seeing that they happen.

    Character Strength # 3

    Perspective

    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Character Strength # 4

    Humor

    You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.

    Character Strength # 5

    Judgment

    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

  70. Maddie on 13.03.2014 at 17:46 (Reply)

    I’m an INTJ, and my results on this were:
    1. Self Regulation
    2. Curiosity
    3. Zest
    4. Love of learning
    5. Judgement

    It came as no surprise to me that love, forgiveness, spirituality, and teamwork came last!

  71. Kim on 13.03.2014 at 19:08 (Reply)

    I am an introvert according to the quiz in your book, Myers-Briggs, and 40 years of knowing myself! My top 5 based on the results of this quiz were:

    Character Strength # 1 Prudence
    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

    Character Strength # 2 Kindness
    You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

    Character Strength # 3 Judgment
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 4 Honesty
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

    Character Strength # 5 Love
    You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

  72. Sutharsan John Isles on 13.03.2014 at 22:12 (Reply)

    I am an INTROVERT and here are mine:

    Character Strength # 1

    Creativity

    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

    Character Strength # 2

    Kindness

    You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

    Character Strength # 3

    Love of learning

    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

    Character Strength # 4

    Judgment

    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 5

    Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    I am excited to know if any pattern emerges. All the best!

  73. Audrey on 14.03.2014 at 01:59 (Reply)

    an INTJ here:

    My top 5:

    Character Strength # 1: Judgment
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 2: Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Character Strength # 3: Fairness
    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

    Character Strength # 4: Perspective
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Character Strength # 5: Prudence
    You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

  74. Kayla on 14.03.2014 at 07:21 (Reply)

    INFJ

    Character strengths:
    Character Strength # 1
    Fairness
    Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

    Character Strength # 2
    Spirituality
    You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.

    Character Strength # 3
    Judgment
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Character Strength # 4
    Perspective
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Character Strength # 5
    Curiosity
    You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.

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