Archives for March, 2012

Character Strengths

What are Your Signature Strengths?

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.
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Character Strengths

The Psychology of the Underdog

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?
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