POSITIVITY PROJECT CHARACTER STRENGTH: SELF CONTROL
The Positivity Project Character Strength this week is Self-Control. Self-control means you have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act. Self-control is the act of managing behavior in a way that positively influences goal attainment and living up to standards. Those with self-control are able to limit impulsive behavior. They have the ability to experience and navigate difficulty while remaining poised. They understand that through discipline and restraint, there are greater, long-term goals that they can accomplish. Self-control does not mean a lack of thoughts, feelings, or impulses; it just means you have command over them.
For individuals, self-control helps them delay the short-term gain in pursuit of a greater, long-term success. It gives people the power to diet, study for an exam, or practice a musical instrument. Some psychologists have likened self-control to a muscle: it gets stronger the more it’s used.
A group’s ability to demonstrate self-control often appears in the form of “self-monitoring.” This means that individuals demonstrate honesty with one another about successful group practices. When things are unsuccessful, group members have the ability to adjust roles in the interest of overall group success. It’s a crucial strength in our modern society and its mentality of impulsivity and consumption.
Grades Pre-K-2 questions to discuss with your child this week are:
1. How do you use self-control when things don’t go your way?
2. What do you think would happen if no one showed self-control?
3. What are some strategies you can use to help you practice self-control?
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Grades 3-5 questions to discuss with your child this week are:
1. When was a time you did not show self-control? How could you have handled the situation differently?
2. What can you do to help maintain self-control?
3. How can self-control, or lack of, impact a community?
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