(Video link here.) This short animation describes the incredibly useful “Weakness of Strength Theory”: the flip side of a person’s strengths in one context—the qualities you love or admire them for — are often irritating weaknesses in another. “Every virtue has an associated weakness”; one can’t exist without the other. And no one is ALL strengths and virtues; we are all a mix. Knowing this can help shift the way we view the failings, defects or downsides of people in our lives. Remembering that weaknesses are part of their gifts and strengths can help diffuse the charge when their behavior is challenging, and even help to understand them better.

The theory can work in the reverse to soften harsh self-judgments about what we perceive to be our weaknesses. Close examination often reveals “weaknesses” and “flaws” yield great gifts, rewards, talents, sensitivities, wisdom, abilities, blessings…


We find ourselves asking: What’s the weakness of the strength? What’s the strength behind the weakness?

via The School of Life

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3 replies on “Weakness of Strength + the Stength of Weakness

  1. Good Morning, I dont know why I keep getting bounced out of Improvised Life saying that I have to become a member to read or see the video… If you could would you look into it? Thanks so much Cassandra Greene

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