If Honesty is your top strength, you are a straightforward person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

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Honesty falls under the virtue category of Courage. Courage describes strengths that deal with overcoming fear. These strengths can manifest themselves inwardly or outwardly as they are composed of cognitions, emotions, motivations and decisions.

Key Concepts

This strength involves accurately representing your internal states, intentions, and commitments, both publicly and privately. The strength of honesty is often linked to self-concordance- the extent to which your goals accurately represent your implicit interests and values. Honesty allows people to take responsibility for their feelings and behaviors, owning them, and reaping benefits by doing so.

“I Want to Be Myself”

Honesty Motto

Tell people the truth, (almost) all the time.

Exercises for Boosting Honesty

The next time you are asked for advice, give constructive, direct and authentic feedback.

Honor your commitments in all of your relationships. If you agree to do something or schedule a time to meet with someone, be reliable and follow through.


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I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Workin on a Dream – Bruce Springsteen
One Step at a Time – Jordin Sparks
Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
Not Fade Away – Buddy Holly
In Repair – John Mayer

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