Self Discovery Credential
Self Discovery Components
Grit: Strength of character, how well a person can persevere.
Emotional Intelligence: Being aware of your emotions and being able to express those emotions. Being aware of the feelings of the people around you. There are five categories involved in emotional intelligence: self-regulation, self-awareness, motivation, empathy, and social skills.
Learning Style: How a person is able to learn more efficiently. There are three types of learning styles: auditory; learning best from hearing instructions, visual; learning best from looking at instructions/pictures, and tactile (kinesthetic); learning best through hands-on work.
Social Style: How a person interacts with other people. This is defined as being either an extrovert or an introvert. Typically, introverts are shy people who value more individual time, while extroverts are typically outgoing and value time spent with people.
Communication Style: How a person communicates with others. Can either be passive, aggressive, or passive-aggressive.
Positive Psychology: Study of what drive people and what makes them happy.
Why is this important?
Why is grit important?
Grit is a relatively new concept, but it is being quickly defined as being "more important than IQ." Angela Duckworth, a psychologist, has found that the "ability to withstand stress and move past failures to achieve a goal is the best indicator of future success."
(Angela Duckworth speaking at TED)
Why is emotional intelligence important?
Emotional Intelligence aids in physical health, mental well-being, relationships, conflict resolution, success, and leadership.
Why is learning style important?
By knowing your learning style its easier to capitalize on information because you know how you learn in the best and most efficient way possible.
Why is social style important?
Social style will allow for effective communication with others about your feelings
Why is communication style important?
Highlights the most effective way for an individual to communicate with others, allowing points of arguments or presentations to be made more efficiently.
Why is positive psychology important?
Some research results that contribute to the field of positive psychology:
- Activities bring more happiness that possessions. A survey of 150 young adults showed that when asked to rate the happiness value of purchases they hoped would be pleasurable, experience-type purchases such as trips or meals, outranked objects.
- Being wealthy does not make you more likely to be happy than other people, as long as everyone’s income is above the poverty level.
- Grateful people are more likely to be healthy, helpful, and have a greater sense of well-being.
- Seeing other people do good things makes us want to do good too.
- An optimistic outlook reduces the risk of physical and emotional health problems.
Who am I?
My results from the learning style quiz showed inconclusive results. The percents of each area of learning styles; visual, auditory, and kinesthetic, were incredibly close. I feel like for me personally the learning style best suited for me depends on the subject I'm trying to learn. For example, I learn math better with visual representation because it's easier to solve equations if the numbers are written out in front of me. But in biology, I learn better through the auditory style because the subject is very complex and it's easy to hear the information and learn it that way.
I love people. It makes my day when I can talk to the most amount of people because I thrive on social interaction. For that reason I am an extrovert. However, there are occasions when I just want to be by myself. I feel like no one person is completely extrovert or introvert. Humans are complex being that both long for companionship and finding oneself.
Like my learning style, my communication styles quiz showed that I am tied for being an aggressive communicator, and a passive-aggressive communicator. I realize that to many people I may come off as being strong and aggressive, but it surprised me that these two learning styles argued that I didn't care about anyone else's opinion and that I always have to win. While I like winning, I also find humbleness in losing and because of that I feel like this style was very harsh.