Archives for March, 2012
If you’re like most people (myself included), then you have work to do in terms of understanding your strengths. Survey research has found that most people do not have a meaningful awareness of their strengths. What’s more, it’s all-too-common for people to underuse their strengths. We forget to take notice of our best strengths and find ways to let them loose in our lives. Take Bill, for instance.
Four wins, 104 losses. That was the all-time record of the teams seeded at #15 heading into this year’s NCAA college basketball tournament for men. This year, in their first game, the #15-seeds went 2-2. This is why people love the NCAA tournament: A chance to root for the underdog! Not intimidated by their powerhouse opponents, Norfolk State and Lehigh exercised a David vs. Goliath fearlessness as they competed hard, improving their “fight” as the game progressed. The crowds rallied behind these underdogs excited for the distant possibility of an upset. Many of the fans had never heard of these schools before this month yet fans were jumping up and down with such passion and zest that one would think their own child was playing in the game. How could this be? What is the psychology behind this underdog phenomena?
Buzzer beaters. Cinderellas. Bracket buster upsets. This can only mean one thing. It's March Madness! Aside from being happy that your team is in the NCAA tournament and even happier when your team wins its first game, why should you care? Can tuning into college basketball games be good for your health? Yes, it just might be.
I'm pleased to introduce Character Strengths -- a blog about positive psychology and figuring out how to best use your inherent character strengths and the positives of your personality. It will highlight character strengths in action in real life, and provide tips, movie examples,...