Dividing and Classifying Your 24 Character Strengths

In cognitive-behavioral therapy, often times, the individual may struggle from thinking with a distorted self-perception. This conclusive list divides and defines 24 character strengths by category. Through understanding thee strengths, it is attainable to then think with a clearer self-perception. Using positive language to define strong characteristics can also benefit an individual struggling to look at themselves in a positive light.

Wisdom and Knowledge– cognitive strength in the acquisition and use of knowledge

Creativity– Thinking of novel and productive ways to do things

Curiosity– Taking an interest in all of ongoing experience

Love of learning– Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge

Open-mindedness– Thinking things through and examining them from all sides

Perspective– Being able to provide wise counsel to others


Courage– emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of opposition, external or internal

Authenticity– Speaking the truth and presenting oneself in a genuine way

Bravery– Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain

Persistence– Finishing what one starts

Zest– Approaching life with excitement and energy


Humanity– interpersonal strengths that involve “tending and befriending” others

Kindness– doing favors and good deeds for others

Love– Valuing close relations with others

Social intelligence– Being aware of the motives and feelings of self and others


Justice– civic strengths that underlie healthy community life

Fairness– Treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice

Leadership– Organizing group activities and seeing that they happen

Teamwork– Working well as a member of a group or team


Temperance– strengths that protect against excess

Forgiveness– forgiving those who have done wrong

Modesty– Letting one’s accomplishments speak for themselves

Prudence– Being careful about one’s choices; not saying or doing things that might later be regretted

Self-regulation– Regulating what one feels and does


Transcendence– strengths that forge connections to the larger universe and provide meaning

Appreciation of beauty– Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domain of life

Gratitude– Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen

Hope– Expecting the best and working to achieve it

Humor– Liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to other people

Religiousness– Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of life