Chinese Association of Idaho State University (CAISU)
It is easy for our egos to become so embroiled in defending a little bit of honor that we forget those ordinary parts of ourselves that receive little public comment: Our inner strengths. Others are sometimes able to detach the chain from their own egos long enough to notice our strengths out loud. But to get adequate nourishment of the soul, we need to
learn to go inside and notice those inner strengths ourselves. We need to be able to tell ourselves that we are okay. Katherine Dunham, a great American dancer and activist counseled, "Go inside everyday and find your inner strength, so that the world will not blow your candle out."
What Can We Do With Knowing Our Strengths?In the early 1990s, the President of the American Psychological Association, Martin Seligman, observed that, as a profession, psychologists had become experts at identifying "what's wrong" with people. The effort to identify and fix "what's wrong" with people had resulted in a large volume book that mental health experts use to communicate to each other and the insurance companies how they are trying to help people. This book is known as The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM IV-TR (more commonly referred to as the "DSM IV").
The information in the DSM IV is arranged so that when people consult with a mental health professional, that professional is able to look at the person's symptoms and match the symptoms with a "disorder". For example, if you have been feeling worthless and have not been able to find much pleasure in your life and have difficulty sleeping, the mental health professional might tell you that you have the condition called "Major Depression".