Inner strengths are cognitive and emotional capacities that allow an individual to direct their thinking and behavior in positive and productive ways. These can be viewed as the foundation for all other human strengths. For example, an inner strength such as confidence is a basis for social strengths such as relationship building or communication strengths such as public speaking. The following are common examples of an inner strength.
Bravery / Courage
Capacity For Joy
Capacity For Love
Capacity for Introspection
Capacity for Perspective
Emotional Capacity (e.g. ability to feel broad range of emotions)
Flexibility / Adaptability
Inner Beauty / Elegance of Mind
Peacefulness / Even-Temper
Sense of Humor
Sense of Imagination
Sense of Purpose
VirtuesMany inner strengths can be viewed as virtues. Classical Western philosophy viewed virtues as a middle path between lack and excess. For example, a lack of confidence or excessive confidence wouldn't be a virtue -- a virtue occurs where your confidence is reasonable.
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