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"I weigh all aspects objectively in making decisions, including arguments that are in conflict with my convictions."
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Judgment?
Judgment involves making rational and logical choices, and analytically evaluating ideas, opinions, and facts. To use a term that originally came from outside the character field: it is critical thinking, weighing the evidence fairly, thinking things through, and examining the evidence from all sides rather than jumping to conclusions. Judgment also involves being open-minded and able to change one’s mind in the light of evidence, remaining open to other arguments and perspectives. It should be clear at this point that judgment is a core “strength of the head” — it’s a very thinking-oriented character strength.
The strength of judgment is a corrective strength in that it counteracts faulty thinking, such as favoring your current views or favoring ideas that are considered the dominant view, and therefore giving less attention to the less-dominant view. It is the willingness to search actively for evidence against your favored beliefs, plans or goals and to weigh all of the evidence fairly when it is available.
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used judgment in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of judgment in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- Play devil’s advocate on an issue that you have strong opinions about.
- Examine a past event that you are not happy with (not following through with a goal) and brainstorm ideas for other ways that you could have approached that event/activity.
- Choose a strong opinion you have and live briefly (in a positive way) as if you have the opposite opinion. If acting as if you hold that opinion is too challenging, then experiment with this as a mental activity.