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Volume 29 Issue 6 (June 1999), Pages 1111-1331

Considering Personal Strengths: The Effect of Three Different Methods on Mood, Arousal, and Self‐Esteem (pages 1151-1170)

One hundred twenty‐eight college students were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 strength consideration conditions: (a) open‐ended generation of strengths, (b) cued generation of strengths using 7 Divisions of Self (social, cognitive, behavioral, physical, emotional, motivational, spiritual; Dees, Dansereau, Peel, Boatler, & Knight, 1991) as cues, and (c) selection of strengths using the Tower of Strengths Activity (Sia & Czuchry, 1997). After all 3 conditions, students showed an increase in specific aspects of self‐esteem and positive mood, and a decrease in global self‐esteem. Students’ arousal decreased after both open‐ended generation and cued generation, whereas after the selection of strengths, students’ arousal remained the same. Applications of the strength consideration activities are discussed.

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