Strengths & Hope. Nyla Jolly Dalferes, California State University Northridge July 23, 2013. “People with a growth mindset …think of talents and abilities as things they can develop—as potentials that come to fruition through effort, practice, and instruction .” Carol S. Dweck.
Strengths & Hope
Nyla Jolly Dalferes, California State University Northridge
July 23, 2013
“People with a growth mindset…think of talents and abilities as things they can develop—as potentials that come to fruition through effort, practice, and instruction.” Carol S. Dweck
Pandora received a box that she was forbidden to open. The box contained all human blessings and all human curses. Temptation overcame restraint, and Pandora opened the box. In a moment, all the curses were released into the world, and all the blessings escaped and were lost – except one – hope. Without hope, mortals can not endure.
Do you get the opportunity to do what you do best every day?
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. It is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.
A strength is a naturally occurring talent multiplied by knowledge and skill.
Tom Rath, StrengthsFinder 2.0
Strengths Development Framework
What is hope?
(Shane Lopez video)
Hope vs. Wishing
12% bump in letter grades for hopeful students
“the belief that the future will be better than the present, along with the belief that you have the power to make it so.”
“…not only is hope good for your wellbeing, but it’s a measurable quality that can be increased with practice”
“…the ability to clearly and consistently articulate goals (goals thinking), develop step-by-step plans to reach those goals (pathways thinking), and persevere in spite of obstacles (agency thinking).”
(Lopez, et al., 2009)
“…a human strength manifested in capacities to: (a) clearly conceptualize goals (goals thinking), (b) develop the specific strategies to reach those goals (pathways thinking), and (c) initiate and sustain the motivation for using those strategies (agency thinking).”
Do you think your future will be better than your present?
What do you believe?
The basic tenants of Hope Theory can help our students positively relate to most of the core values of UNIV 100:
“… a freshman seminar can support the identification, development, and use of strengths, while simultaneously contributing to gains in hope, motivation, well-being, and academic achievement.”
Bender & Clark
“High hope” individuals regularly operationalize three types of thinking and behavior:
How does it all relate to what we do as faculty?
Formal Goal Setting:
Get students thinking about the future!
Bender & Lake, 2012, University of Alabama
How can you use some of your existing activities to instill lasting hope?
“Strengths help us find our fit, and then become a vehicle for the attainment of goals.” Bender & Clark
Bender, D. & Lake, C. Using Hope Theory to Transform a Strengths-Based Freshman Seminar. Poster Presentation, 2012 National Conference for the First-Year Experience.www.sc.edu/fye/events/presentation/annual/2012/files/PR-124.ppt
Komarraju, M., Musulkin, S. & Bhattacharya, G. (2010). Role of student–faculty interactions in developing college students’ academic self-concept, motivation, and achievement. Journal of College Student Development 51(3), 332-342.
Lopez, S. J., Rose, S., Robinson, C., Margues, S., and Pais-Ribeiro, J., (2009). Measuring and Promoting Hope in School Children. Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools (pp.35-51). New York, NY: Routledge.
Seligman, Martin E. P.; Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Positive psychology: An introduction. American Psychologist, Vol 55(1), Jan 2000, 5-14.
Snyder, C. R., Sympson, S. C., Ybasco, F. C., Borders, T. F., Babyak, M. A., Higgins, R. L. (1996). Development and validation of the state hope scale. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70(2), 321-335.