If Prudence is your top strength, you are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.

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Virtue Category

Prudence falls under the virtue category of Temperance. Temperance deals with strengths that protect us from excess. It is the practiced ability to monitor and manage one's emotions, motivation and behavior in the absence of outside help.

Key Concepts

Prudence involves far-sighted planning as well as short-term, goal-directed planning. It is often referred to as cautious wisdom, practical wisdom, and practical reason. 

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Prudence In Action

Prudence Motto

Think before you act.

Exercises for Boosting Prudence

  • Think twice before saying anything. Do this exercise at least ten times a week and note its effects.
  • Remove all extraneous distractions before your make your next three important decisions.
  • Visualize the consequences of your next decision in one, five, and ten years’ time. 

Examples of Prudence


  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Queen
  • The Story of the Weeping Camel
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  • Judge Not
  • Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
  • Where Do The Children Play? - Cat Stevens
  • Be Still My Beating Heart - Sting
  • You've Got to Hide your Love Away - Beatles
  • Dear Prudence - Beatles
  • Keep it Simple - Keb Mo
  • The 59th Street Bridge Song - Simon & Garfunkel

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