Strengths = Positive qualities attributed to a person by the person or by someone referring to that person. The qualities might also be called talents, abilities, skills, or recognized patterns of behaviors that are positive and productive.

Articulation = The process of putting into words, thoughts and feelings that were previously unarticulated. This is a creative process where thoughts and feelings are combined in new ways, leading to new awareness and new articulation. Although most definitions of articulation focus on vocal speech, this definition also includes written forms of communication. The key idea is to express thoughts and feelings with clarity and effectiveness. While thoughts can be more easily communicated by words and phrases, feelings can also be communicated by these means.

Subjective Strengths = Positive qualities that a person has articulated to describe him/her self. Such qualities may first be suggested by people who have heard you talk about positive experiences. You may use some of their suggestions and you might modify them or elaborate on them so that you use more of your natural vocabulary to describe them. They could also be called: Self-Articulated Strengths.