Assumptions

(The document that is shown below was developed to introduce participants in a 90-minute-workshop titled Contructing Your Strengths-focused Identity.”  This workshop was offered on 7/17/15, at the XXIst International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology, at the University of Hertfordshire, located in Hatfield, UK.  This document was added to this website because the Assumptions that are listed also underly the practices being promoted on this website, ‘strengths-focused-identity.org’ )



ASSUMPTIONS UNDERLYING THE METHODS USED IN THIS WORKSHOP

 

Articulating your total self-identity is an interesting challenge, but it is too complex and difficult to do. Therefore, this workshop will not address your total self-identity.

 

Focusing on the part of your positive identity that is related to strengths is more useful than trying to deal with your total self-identity. This workshop was designed to help you articulate your strengths-focused-identity.

 

Subjective strengths are more meaningfully connected to positive self-identity than objective strengths. Subjective strengths are positive qualities that are stated in your own unique way of articulating what those strengths mean to you. You do not get the definitions for these strengths from a dictionary. When you use your subjective strengths you feel good.

 

Subjective strengths can be articulated, and/or constructed, through a process that starts with awareness of positive feelings, and is followed by identifying attributions for those feelings. (Or, in other words: “What did I do that caused or influenced those good outcomes that I feel good about?”)

 

“Articulation” means to find words and phrases for communicating thoughts and feelings. (George Kelly developed an effective process of eliciting personal constructs for articulating the construal of one’s personal meanings.)

 

Experiences provide opportunities to feel emotions and to articulate some of the thoughts connected with those emotions.

 

Feelings are your body’s thermometer for expressing positive and negative reactions to what is happening to you at a particular time and place. These feelings are often only partially expressed by your thoughts and the words used to communicate those thoughts.

 

It is proposed that participants in this workshop will become more aware of their positive feelings and more able to articulate subjective strengths that originally caused those feelings to happen.  That is the basic purpose for engaging in the Strengths Articulation process that is being presented in this workshop.

 

The more articulate you become in describing your subjective strengths, the more positive your self-identity becomes.

 

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