Prudence | Character Strength | VIA Institute

Become Aware Of Your Strength

Understand what prudence is all about so you can begin recognizing it in yourself and others.
What is Prudence?

Prudence means being careful about your choices, stopping and thinking before acting. It is a strength of restraint. When you are prudent, you are not taking unnecessary risks, and not saying or doing things that you might later regret. If you are high in prudence, you are able to consider the long-term consequences of your actions. Prudence is a form of practical reasoning, the ability to examine the potential consequences of your actions objectively, and to control yourself based on that examination. 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.

Which virtue is this strength?
Prudence is a strength within the virtue category of temperance, one of six virtues that subcategorize the 24 strengths. Temperance describes strengths that help you manage habits and protect against excess. The other strengths in Temperance are forgiveness , humility , prudence , and self-regulation .

Explore and Apply Your Strength

Research findings on the benefits of the strength of Prudence found Prudence is associated with productivity and the ability to be conscientious, most likely because the prudent person tends not to enter into agreements unless he or she believes there is a good chance of a successful outcome. Prudence is also associated with better physical health, job performance, and student achievement. This Strength helps us to avoid the mishaps of life, both physical and psychological.