Character: A Primer will help you identify and strengthen your best qualities. You will develop a sense of mastery and act in your best interests. You will more effectively manage stress. You will gain wisdom and understanding. You will make sound, informed decisions and do the right thing. You will form more stable personal and working relationships, and develop the capacities of others. You will contribute to a more just and peaceful world.
Here's how ideas are grouped:
Character and Competencies: These abilities enable you to manage yourself, perform optimally, and guide informed, sound processes in your workplace.
Character and the Social Environment: These ideas improve your interactions with others and enhance your human relationships.
Character, Nature, and Science: These ideas encourage you to explore, discover, observe, reflect on, and sustain beauty and balance in the natural world around you.
Noteworthy Models of Character: The values and actions of these virtuous, ethical individuals have contributed significantly to human progress.
Desirable Character Qualities and Processes:
Assistance (Requesting and Receiving)
Enjoyment of Life
Pleasure and Pain
Quality of Life
Self-Actualization and Self-Transcendence
Striving for Excellence
Character and Feelings:
Character and Competencies:
Addiction Versus Strengths
Clarity in Expression
Congruency of Words and Actions
Delusion as Motivation
Denialism: Countering With Evidence
Highly Sensitive Person
Moral and Ethical Actions
Sexuality and Sexual Health
Simplicity in Language
Simplicity in Living
Subtlety and Nuance
Unconditional Positive Regard
Caring for Others
Helping: A Process
Human Development Index
Repression, Suppression, Subjugation, Oppression
Church, Temple, Mosque
Mind and Body
Character, Nature, and Science:
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)
General Systems Theory
Naturalism and Physicalism
Individuals of Noteworthy Character:
Addams, Jane (1860–1935)
Blake, William (1757–1827)
Dallaire, Roméo (1946– )
Einstein, Albert (1879–1955)
Gibran, Khalil (1883–1931)
Ingersoll, Robert Green (1833–1899)
Jefferson, Thomas (1743–1826)
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917–1963)
King, Jr., Martin Luther (1929–1968)
Lao-tzu (c. 604 BC–c. 531 BC)
Locke, John (1632–1704)
Maslow, Abraham (1908–1970)
Ming-Dao, Deng (1954– )
Nietzsche, Freidrich (1844–1900)
Paine, Thomas (1737–1809)
Roosevelt, Eleanor (1884–1962)
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1721–1778)
Sagan, Carl (1934–1996)
Wilson, Edward Osborne (1929– )
Yousafzai, Malala (1997– )
References (List of sources)
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Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Clinical Supervisor in Florida, my
clinical focus is the support of people experiencing anxiety, depression, loss,
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