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Your teens will love these movies!  Each clip is 7-10 minutes long and we use three clips from each movie.  

Complete Descriptions of The Character Strengths:

  

Character Strengths and Virtues by Seligman and Peterson provide most of the following descriptions.  The 6 virtues are in bold.  C2’s own research added 4 additional strengths that we believe complete the training:  Responsibility, Awareness, Respect, and Peace.

  

1.Insight:  cognitive strengths that entail the acquisition and use of knowledge

a.Learning:  Love of learning, mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge; systematically adding to what one knows; preparation for future success

b.Wisdom: Perspective, able to counsel others, making sense out of the world to oneself and others

c.Creativity: originality, ingenuity, thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things; and Curiosity: hunger for truth, interest, novelty-seeking, open to experience, fascination, exploring, discovering

d.Discernment: Open-mindedness, judgment, critical thinking, discrimination; thinking things through, not jumping to conclusions, not impulsive, being willing to change one’s mind in light of the evidence; weighing the evidence carefully before forming an opinion; foresight, prudence, caution, good sense, discretion.

  

2.Passion:  Emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of opposition, both internal and external

a.Responsibility: Admitting when I am wrong, doing what I say I will do, being responsible, having integrity, reliable, consistent, dependable

b.Integrity: honesty; authenticity/authentic, trustworthy, speaking the truth but more broadly presenting oneself as genuine and sincere; taking responsibility for one’s feelings and actions; conscience

c.Courage: 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; defending the oppressed; overcoming evil; includes physical bravery

d.Perseverance: Persistence, industriousness, doing hard work, dealing with adversity; finishing what one starts; persisting in a course of action in spite of obstacles; “getting it out the door”; taking pleasure in task completion

  

3.Love: interpersonal strengths that involve tending and befriending others while also taking care of yourself

a.Kindness: gentleness, generosity, nurturance, compassion, niceness, doing good deeds, helping, respect, service, living by the Golden Rule  

b.Care: concern, love, closeness, relationships, valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated; being close to people and spending time with them; value of life; respecting diversity

c.Trust: social intelligence, sense of community, social skills, awareness of motives and feelings of others and self, knowing how to fit in different settings, knowing what makes people tick; respecting individuality and personal boundaries, tolerance, friendship

d.Awareness: of one’s true self, self-worth, seeing the truth about oneself, accurate perception of one’s strengths, abilities, and appearance 

  

4.Cooperation: civic strengths that underlie healthy community life

a.Respect: honor, giving attention to whom it is due, deference, valuing, and appropriate conduct toward another, especially those in authority; view of ownership, property, and other rights; submission to authority, yielding

b.Fairness: lack of bias, just treatment; 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

c.Teamwork: citizenship, social responsibility, loyalty, doing one’s share; ability to follow leadership, to discover and perform one’s role in a group

d.Leadership: ability to command respect, encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done while maintaining good relations within the group; organizing group activities and seeing that they happen

  

5.Discipline: strengths that protect against excess

a.Forgiveness: mercy, apology, restitution, forgiving self; accepting the shortcomings of others; giving a second chance; vs. hatred, revenge

b.Humility: modesty, deference; letting one’s accomplishments speak for themselves; not seeking the spotlight; not regarding oneself as more valued or having greater worth; sober; vs. pride, selfish ambition

c.Diligence:  the consistent application of effort to a worthwhile task; industrious, staying on task in an employment or pursuit; steady or habitual effort; finishing what one has started, keeping on despite obstacles, taking care of business, achieving closure, getting it off one’s desk and out the door; the mustering of will to perform in the face of contrary impulses; vs. sloth, laziness

d.Self-control: self-discipline, self-regulation; reining in one’s words, appetites, and emotions; regulating what one feels and does; vs. impulsive

  

6.Transcendence: strengths that forge connections to the larger universe and provide meaning

a.Wonder: appreciation of beauty, excellence, awe, and majesty; valuing nature; seeing design and worth in creation and one’s place in that design; Peace: release, calmness, facing difficulty with competency, self-assurance, tranquil, serene

b.Humor: playfulness, liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to others; making or telling jokes; and 

Joy: Vitality, zest, zeal, enthusiasm, vigor, energy; employing one’s personal power; approaching life with excitement and energy; not doing things halfway or halfheartedly; living life as an adventure;

c.Spirituality: faith, trust in a higher power, religiousness, faith, sense of sovereignty and of a higher purpose and meaning, beliefs about the meaning of life that shape conduct and provide comfort

d.Gratitude: being aware and thankful for the good things of life, seeing meaning and purpose in the difficult or bad things; taking time to express thanks; being appreciative

C2: Character Challenge
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Character Growth Index
About the Author
Who Uses C2?
Why Teens
Changing Lives
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