Strengths and weaknesses (personality)

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Taoist pictorial representation of dark and light

Strengths and weaknesses generally refer to a person's character.

Often a strength can be a weakness, and vice versa, a weakness can be a strength. In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (e.g., dark and light) are described as complementary opposites within a greater whole.

For example, here are some strengths and weaknesses by personality type.[1][2]

Personality Type Strength Weakness
(Get It Right)
Thinking Excludes feelings from decisions
Thorough Goes too far; perfectionist
Disciplined Too rigid or demanding of self/others
(Get It Done)
Independent Has trouble operating with others
Decisive Does not take time to consider other perspectives
Determined Domineering; too focused on doing it "my way"
(Get along)
Supportive Tends to conform to wishes of others
Patient No time boundaries; things do not get done
Diplomatic Not assertive or directive
(Get appreciated)
Good communicator Talks too much
Enthusiastic Comes on too strong
Imaginative Dreamer; unrealistic


  1. ^ Peter Urs Bender's Guide to Strengths and Weaknesses of Personality Types
  2. ^ Brinkman, Rick, and Rick Kirschner (2002). Dealing with People You Can't Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst, 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-137944-4.

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