Chapter 4
Why Character Is Crucial
In This Chapter
  • How character can transform life
  • How to distinguish temperament, personality, and character
  • What comprises character
  • How character develops
“Character is destiny,” asserted Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher. Positive psychologists would agree. Our character—our innermost convictions, values, and virtues—plays an essential part in determining how happy we will be throughout our lifetime.
For a long time psychology steered clear of studying character. The subject had a moral connotation that many felt was an inappropriate focus for science. But such is no longer the case. As this chapter shows, it is virtually impossible to understand happiness without considering what character ...

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