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Psychometrics in Coaching, 2nd Edition by Jonathan Passmore

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Coaching for strengths using VIA

DR CAROL KAUFFMAN, JORDAN SILBERMAN and DAVID SHARPLEY

Introduction

Positive psychology has been defined as the ‘scientific study of what goes right in life, from birth to death and at all stops in between’ (Peterson, 2006a: 4). It is a young and burgeoning movement that scientifically explores the things that make life worth living. This chapter will provide a brief introduction to the Values in Action Institute Inventory of Strengths (IS) (Peterson and Seligman, 2004), the most ambitious project undertaken within the positive psychology (PP) movement. The IS is a well-validated survey that assesses individuals’ strengths of character (eg, leadership, kindness, creativity). After providing a brief orientation ...

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