The Science Of Character: 6 Categories & 24 Traits

What is character?

What kinds of ideas and related characteristics do we associate with it?

What contributes to its development? Can certain attributes be cultivated?

How can we bring a little science to such an abstract idea?

These are the ideas behind an upcoming film by Tiffany Shlain that seeks to clarify the idea. In the graphic below, there are six overarching descriptors offered: Wisdom, Creativity, Curiosity, Love of Learning, Perspective, and Courage. It then offers indicators–or components–for each.

periodic-table-of-character-strengths-fi6 Categories & 24 Traits

1. Wisdom

Creativity

Curiosity

Love of Learning

Perspective

2. Courage

Bravery

Perseverance

Honesty

Enthusiasm

3. Humanity

Love

Kindness

Social Intelligence

4. Justice

Social Responsibility

Teamwork

Fairness

Leadership

5. Temperance

Forgiveness

Humility

Prudence

Self-Control

6. Transcendence

Appreciation Of Beauty

Gratitude

Optimism

Humor

Spirituality

Further Reading

The press release also indicates that “in addition to free customized versions of the film, Let it Ripple and partners like Common Sense Media will offer a list of films, games, and apps to strength particular character strengths, a free Discussion Guide, a character strengths survey, and resource guide. #CharacterDay will also feature online discussions led by experts in all time zones featuring leaders in education and character development.”

You can read more at letitripple.org

The Science Of Character: 6 Categories & 24 Traits