What are Super Powers?

Super Powers are Positive Traits that we all have.

We all have strengths that make us unique individuals. Things like Self-Confidence, Creativity, Thinking Skills, Good Judgement, Hope, Resilience, Grit, Bravery, Charisma, Observation, Curiosity, Leadership, Compassion etc. Sometimes it may feel like you do not have the support of your Super Powers. Maybe they need a little polishing or dusting off.


The problem is that many people do not know what their Super Powers are and how to use them to navigate life. Or we sometimes rely on one or two strengths and forget to use any others. This site is dedicated to the development of positive traits or Super Powers that can help you live a more successful, happy, and fulfilling life.

How to begin

There are several tests you can take to determine what are your personality strengths. Some of these tests are free and available on-line (see Resources below). What you want to do is get an idea of the traits you tend to use the most and which ones you might not use so much. Then you can begin to focus on using your strengths to increase your happiness.

Happiness

Typically, people are happy when doing activities, they are good at, or comfortable doing. Therefore, by using the strengths you already use often,  you may increase your feeling of well-being and happiness.  To learn what your Super Powers are take one or more of the surveys below and learn more about yourself.

Resources

The researchers at the VIA Institute on Character have created a survey that takes about 15 minutes to complete. It is offered free as of this writing and over 6 million people from around the world have participated in the survey. After taking the survey you will learn about your combination of 24-character strengths that make you unique. Take the survey here: VIA Survey

The VIA is a great starting point and has many resources to support the use of these traits to increase your well-being and happiness. There are also other tests you can take to learn more about your personality characteristics and your unique strengths. The Clifton Strengthsfinder 2.0 , created by Don Clifton, is one such assessment that allows you to learn more about your natural assets. This test does cost a little up front. This test will help you discover how you tend to negotiate through life. How you influence other people. What approach you take to build relationships and make things happen. It helps you understand how you think and analyze information.

Another personality test that is often used in organizations is the Myers-Briggs. There are many books and much research on the Myers-Briggs system, which divides individuals into 16 types of personalities. The Myers-Briggs system is based on the theory of Carl Gustav Jung, who is considered to be the father of analytical psychology. By understanding your personality type, you can learn how to interact with others more successfully, as well as understand yourself better. The Myers-Briggs is often used by companies to help workers learn how to communicate better and understand their co-workers better. Take the Myers-Briggs test here.

The Big Five personality traits, a term coined by Lewis Goldberg  in the 1980s, divide personality into five groups: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Here is a Big Five test you can take for fun. The results will show you how you score on the Five Factors.

NERIS Analytics Limited has combined the Jungian theory of psychological types and the Big Five personality traits into one model measuring personality types. NERIS offers a free assessment on their website: NERIS Type Explorer®. This measure takes about 12 minutes to complete and reveals some interesting information, which has been tested for reliability and validity. The website also offers courses and references that help you learn more about your type and develop your personal strengths.

Note: I am not affiliated with any of the above-mentioned groups and I receive no referral for mentioning them.

Many additional personality measures are available from your local psychologist. If you are interested in improving your strengths the best place to start is measuring where you are currently. What are your traits and strengths. Some of the information you learn from taking these types of tests will be things you already know about yourself. Other information may come as a surprise. Defining and building your strengths can be a rewarding and fulfilling pursuit. It can even make you feel more happiness in your life.

Example:

 

I first took the VIA Survey when it came out about 14 years ago. At that time, one of my highest scoring character strengths was Creativity.  This was not a surprise to me because I like creative endeavors and am happy when adding my own little creative twist to things. But at that time I was working in a situation that did not allow for much creativity and taking the test reminded me that I really need to involve myself in creative situations. By taking some art classes, I brought some much needed creative release into my then rather boring life.

One of my lowers traits was Self-Regulation, again not a surprise. I don’t like to regulate myself at all. I barely discipline my dogs, much less keep myself in line. So this was also a good reminder that I might want to begin using Self-Regulation a little more often in my life. I started working out at a local gym on a regular basis and really enjoyed the structure it brought me.

One of the middle scoring traits was Curiosity, which was a surprise to me. The VIA states that Curiosity is “Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering.” I honestly think that I do take an interest in ongoing experiences and enjoy exploring and discovering life. However, the middle level score on this trait made me aware that I was not as interested in experiences as I used to be or as I once thought. So, it helped me begin to look at this more in my life and start exploring and discovering more about the world around me.

It is important to not only look at the traits that are your top scoring items, but also look at the traits you tend to not use (middle and low scoring). This will tell you some areas where you might want to do a little self-improvement.