What are the six virtues in positive psychology?

Ronald Siegel
Two positive psychologists, Martin Seligman (from the University of Pennsylvania) and Christopher Peterson (the VIA Institute on Character's scientific director), who published the handbook Character Strengths and Virtues (the "un-Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders"), describe six "virtues," or core characteristics that are universally valued. These virtues are:
  1. Wisdom: Intellectual strengths that help you gain and use information.
  2. Courage: Strengths of will that help you accomplish goals in the face of fear and internal or external obstacles.
  3. Humanity: Interpersonal strengths that help you befriend others and tend to your relationships.
  4. Justice: Social or civic strengths that help bolster a healthy community.
  5. Temperance: Protective traits that help you avoid excess and stay on track in the face of temptations.
  6. Transcendence: Strengths of meaning that connect you with the larger world and provide meaning.

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