People who recognize their own strengths tend to be happier and have greater self-esteem. However, when a person uses their strengths every day, they can almost become desensitized to them. Personal strengths begin to seem ordinary, while the strengths of others feel novel and extraordinary.
Taking the time to purposely assess and appreciate one’s own strengths and qualities can help build self-esteem. Using the My Strengths and Qualities worksheet, your clients will be encouraged to describe their strengths in several domains, such as special abilities, positive impact on others, values, and more.
This worksheet is a good starting point for strengths exploration. For more strength-related interventions, try the Strengths Exploration worksheet.