Strengths and weaknesses of a person

A first reflection should be placed on the ability of human beings to change their behavior throughout their lives. 

For better or for worse, individuals – intellectually and emotionally regular – who are within social standards of behavior, have the ability to determine what they do wrong and what they should do .

For example, to obtain a better condition in your life, be it emotional or material. It could be thought that the first strength of people is precisely their self-critical ability to realize their weaknesses.

What are strengths and weaknesses?

In general, personal strengths and weaknesses are the singularities that delimit the human character and condition . They are psychological characteristics that determine the actions of daily life.

The self – knowledge seems to be the key for everyone reaches the desired destination.

An important underlying weakness then in the human condition is its eventual inability to accept its own mistakes. At this point, the age and maturity of the person come to play an essential role.

The key for personal life to go the desired path is undoubtedly self-knowledge. Knowing your strengths , knowing what you are better at, leads to satisfaction and the goal set. Self-knowledge involves recognizing both strengths and weaknesses.

On the strengths the weaknesses

In particular, strengths are the qualities that allow you to overcome problems and difficulties that arise throughout life. The weaknesses are the antithesis of strengths.

  • The term “strength” implies strength, firmness, endurance and resilience; but, in addition, the virtues, capacities, principles, positive traits and values that structure their thinking and behavior in society. Strengths allow people to stand out and provide the tools to shine brighter every day.
  • The weaknesses are the weaknesses, defects, disabilities and negative characteristics of the character, who make the best decisions prevent and deal with conflicts with the best disposition. Weaknesses are likely to actually be strengths, depending on the nature and context of a particular situation.

It is impossible to measure strengths and weaknesses in universal terms , what does fit is their assessment based on a situation or context. For example, reprehensible behaviors in a given context may be exemplary in another.

The relativity of this pair of concepts 

The weaknesses of a person can be very diverse and depend on each one. There are very punctual but inefficient people versus late, but efficient people. Ideally, in a single person both qualities, punctuality and efficiency are found; But it’s not always like this.

Human behavior is determined by attitudes and skills, from where strengths and weaknesses come. The self – knowledge should ultimately lead to the transformation of those virtues that weaken personal aspects.

Let’s delve into strengths

In general terms, strengths will allow a positive perception , while weaknesses will generate the reverse. Strengths can be improved and even new ones developed. Similarly, with effort, weaknesses can be reduced or eliminated.

The psychological well-being of each person depends on the knowledge they have of their own strengths, because thanks to them they are able to overcome the challenges of life. Here are 25 strengths.

  1. Creativity:  typical of artists, designers and scientists, it is the quality of expressing ideas in a particular way. Creatives come up with new ideas and solve problems with imaginative solvency.
  2. Proactivity: it  is a highly sought after trait in companies. Proactive people are able to foresee possible future needs, difficulties or contingencies. Proactive subjects tend to plan a strategy, so surely if something does not go well they have a plan B. All with the firm purpose of achieving their objectives.
  3. Charisma: it  is the condition of people to affect, please, conquer and captivate others. Charismatics tend to get along with many people.
  4. Patience: it  is one of the most important qualities in social life. Patience is associated with tolerance to difficulties or delays without losing heart and falling into anxiety.
  5. Resilience: human quality related to the adaptability that individuals have in the face of life conflicts. Resilient people quickly recover from suffering or setbacks and take them as lessons and life experiences.
  6. Trust:  this quality is often the basis of any interpersonal relationship. But, it is also a necessary attribute to move forward in life, without insecurities.
  7. Optimism:  quality of a confident person, who is hopeful in future projects.
  8. Leadership: leadership is a virtue of those people who have the facility to motivate and inspire others. The leader rules a group and knows how to set priorities to achieve a common goal. Tends to be a role model.
  9. Organization:  organized subjects are capable of carrying out work in a systematic way, which allows greater efficiency and speed.
  10. Sincerity:  consists of telling the truth in any circumstance and even if it is not in your interests.
  11. Perseverance: it  is the quality that allows you to achieve your goals, even if you encounter multiple obstacles in the process. Persistent people don’t give up on problems.
  12. Commitment:  close to responsibility, commitment describes the human quality of focusing on a task. It is born of wanting to do something and focusing on it to achieve it.
  13. Concentration: it  is the human ability to focus on some activity. This quality is very useful because it facilitates the resolution of problems in a peremptory time.
  14. Humility: it  is understood as a value or quality that describes the person who is not presumptuous.
  15. Empathy:  one of the most important human qualities is empathy . Human beings who are capable of putting themselves in the shoes of their peers are empathic. They know how to treat others because they understand the feelings of others.
  16. Overcoming: in general, human beings set objectives and goals in the short, medium and long term. The search for a better life, the desire to improve, are typical of a healthy mind.
  17. Punctuality:  linked to responsibility, punctuality is an attribute that is expressed by completing a required activity on time or arriving at the appointed time.
  18. Tenderness: it  is the virtue of communicating affection to others.
  19. Intuition: it  is understood as another form of knowledge, based on experiences. Intuition is not dominated by conscious reason.
  20. Public Speaking:  Good public speaking is linked to how easy it is for people to express themselves efficiently and fluently.
  21. Tenacity:  along with perseverance, tenacity implies persistence until reaching the established goals.
  22. Courage: it  is the quality of people who do not fear failure because they know that they will always find a way to succeed. Synonymous with courage in the face of existential problems and fears.
  23. Assertiveness :  assertive individuals are able to express themselves in an equanimous, open way, with others, without offenses and without generating noise in communication.
  24. Aptitude: aptitudes are very important human faculties for adaptation and social integration . In itself, it comprises the set of conditions that allow an individual to be particularly competent for a given occupation.
  25. Respect: being respectful expresses the good treatment of others. Respect elicits similar treatment between the parties, affirms trust and sympathy.

These examples are useful to introduce the subject. What corresponds now? Well, we will give some examples of the weaknesses.

Clarifying the concept of weaknesses

Human beings are a mix of strengths and weaknesses . The following are the most common weaknesses. It is up to everyone to take time to assess their strengths and surely their weaknesses.

    1. Arrogance:  Arrogance is a personal feeling of superiority over others. The person manifests his pretenses through a differentiated treatment, with gestures of arrogance.
    2. Insecurity:  contrary to the attribute of security, people express doubts about themselves, their skills and value in the social environment.
    3. Dishonesty: dishonesty is an anti-value typical of sociopaths or people who tend to deceive their peers. Although there are levels of dishonesty, the dishonest regularly maintains a confrontational relationship with morals and ethics.
    4. Greed: the miser is the one who accumulates material goods in a large way, without any limit.
    5. Arrogance:  arrogant attitudes are those that are imposed on a society or social group. Arrogance is a wicked way to stand out.
    6. Antipathy:  there are people who have a difficult character that affects their personal and work relationships.
    7. Cowardice:  cowardice, as opposed to bravery, is a negative quality that consists of the inability to face risks in life. Fear can be useful in a certain context, but when it is permanently installed it does not allow us to face the challenges of life.
    8. Selfishness: as negative as envy, selfishness is an inordinate zeal for one’s own needs. Very little matter the needs of the other.
    9. Apathy: it  is a negative state of the personality of a subject, which consists of a lack of interest and lack of motivation. Subjects show indifference to environmental stimuli.
    10. Disrespect: it  is an anti-value, which is manifested as “bullying”, rudeness and disobedience, among other behaviors. Disrespectful people show no sensitivity to the rights of others.
    11. Falsehood:  the lie, along with hypocrisy, is another widespread anti-value in society.
    12. Disorganization:  disorganized people tend to be inefficient in their school and professional work. Incoherence in the development of ideas hinders the act of communication.
    13. Envy:  envy and resentment are very common anti-values in the social environment. People may feel the desire to possess something (not necessarily material) that someone else already has; but, with little or no effort. It is a negative feeling that usually manifests itself in the psyche of a person and does not have to manifest itself in visible acts. 
    14. Hypocrisy: it  is a negative attitude. Hypocrites are false people. On the one hand, they say they love, on the other, they hate.
    15. Indifference: it  is an attitude, a state of mind typical of big cities, where people live without caring what happens around them. Neither against nor in favor, they are totally impartial.
    16. Nervousness: it  is a weakness that manifests itself in people with feelings of despair and restlessness.
    17. Irresponsibility:  irresponsible attitudes are many; but, regularly the irresponsibility is related to the inability of the subjects to keep their word.
    18. Indecision: perhaps a negative quality of immature people; But, the undecided never know what to expect, it is difficult for them to decide between what is desired and convenient.
    19. Stubbornness: it  is a weakness typical of those of immovable thought. It is part of a maladaptive personality, because it prevents learning, transformation and evolution of thought.
    20. Vagrancy:  the lazy person is that subject who does not show interest in study or work. The vaguería is contrary to social dynamics, because it prevents its development.
    21. Pessimism: it  is a behavior that results in a negative perception of things and of the present and future situation. The pessimistic person, not only cancels his own possibilities of social development, work, etc., but is also isolated from the environment. The pessimist tends to be rejected by people who have a positive view of the world.
    22. Jealousy: the jealousy are expressions of other weaknesses, such as insecurity in itself, fear, pettiness, etc. He who is jealous pretends to have control over another person, who he says he wants.
    23. Resentment: resentment is a passive-aggressive feeling that is based on the memory of past or present disagreements, on differences in opportunities (when it comes to social resentment), on quarrels that took place in the past. It does not matter if the offenses are real or fictitious, the important thing here is the subjective perception of them, which affect interpersonal or collective harmony. Resentment pays for isolation and hinders the creation of romantic relationships or social empathy.
    24. Dependence: it translates into behavior that is not your own. It is contrary to individualism and the logical forms of coexistence in society. The existence of dependent subjects lacks the very lights of a subjective life; sooner or later the clerk will find himself in an untenable situation.
    25. Anger: anger is an unavoidable feeling in the face of great injustices; but, regularly, people have the possibility of channeling through purposeful actions and behaviors.

This article concludes in the same way as it began. The key word in this issue of the strengths and weaknesses is the autoconocimient or .

A subject who has taken the trouble to weigh his strengths against his weaknesses will be in a greater capacity to make the most appropriate decisions than one who has not yet done so.

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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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