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List of Vices

This list of vices and their rough dictionary definitions are merely a raw resource for deeper Virtuescience work. They are part of the froth of ordinary language which covers the beautiful unchanging conceptual symmetries which lie beneath.

(Alphabetical Order)

Anger: Strong passion or emotion of displeasure or antagonism , excited by real or supposed injury or insult to one ' self or others , or by the intent to do such injury.
Arrogance: Making undue claims in an overbearing manner; that species of pride which consists in exorbitant claims of rank, dignity, estimation, or power, or which exalts the worth or importance of the person to an undue degree; proud contempt of others; lordliness; haughtiness; self-assumption; presumption.
Bragging: exhibiting self-importance, boastful talk.
Cowardice: Lack of courage to face danger; extreme timidity; base fear of danger or hurt; lack of spirit.
Disloyalty: Lack of loyalty; lack of fidelity; violation of allegiance.
Doubt: Lack of Trust and confidence. To suspect; to fear; to be apprehensive.
Envy: A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another.
Greed: An excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.
Injustice: The practice of being unjust or unfair.
Impatience: The quality of being impatient; want of endurance of pain, suffering, opposition, or delay; eagerness for change, or for something expected; restlessness; chafing of spirit; fretfulness; passion
Jealousy: The quality of being jealous; earnest concern or solicitude; painful apprehension of rivalship in cases nearly affecting one's happiness; painful suspicion of the faithfulness of husband, wife, or lover.
Recklessness: Wild carelessness and disregard for consequences. Insufficient consideration.
Sloth: Aversion to work or exertion; laziness; indolence.
Untrustworthiness: The trait of not deserving trust or confidence
Vanity: Inflated pride in oneself or one's appearance.
Weakness: The quality or state of being weak; want of strength or firmness; lack of vigor; want of resolution or of moral strength; feebleness.
Wrath: Forceful, often vindictive anger.

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Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification
by Christopher Peterson, Martin Seligman
$48.47 new/used

"Character" has become a front-and-center topic in contemporary discourse, but this term does not have a fixed meaning. Character may be simply defined by what someone does not do, but a more active and thorough definition is necessary, one that addresses certain vital questions. Is character a singular characteristic of an individual, or is it composed of different aspects? Does character--however we define it--exist in degrees, or is it simply something one happens to have? How can character be developed? Can it be learned? Relatedly, can it be taught, and who might be the most effective teacher? What roles are played by family, schools, the media, religion, and the larger culture? This groundbreaking handbook of character strengths and virtues is the first progress report from a prestigious group of researchers who have undertaken the systematic classification and measurement of widely valued positive traits. They approach good character in terms of separate strengths-authenticity, persistence, kindness, gratitude, hope, humor, and so on-each of which exists in degrees.

Character Strengths and Virtues classifies twenty-four specific strengths under six broad virtues that consistently emerge across history and culture: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Each strength is thoroughly examined in its own chapter, with special attention to its meaning, explanation, measurement, causes, correlates, consequences, and development across the life span, as well as to strategies for its deliberate cultivation. This book demands the attention of anyone interested in psychology and what it can teach about the good life.
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Virtues and Character in Social Work Practice
by Terry A. Wolfer, Cheryl Brandsen
$23.75 new/used

Virtues and Character in Social Work Practice offers a fresh contribution to the Christian social work literature with its emphasis on the key role of character traits and virtues in equipping Christians in social work to engage with and serve their clients and communities well.

Social work practitioners are social change agents who spend much of their time examining social structures and advocating for policies and programs to advance justice and increase opportunity. Social justice is central to the mission, professional development, and ethical decision making process in social work practice. However, the development of character traits and virtues for Christians in social work is equally important in furthering social justice and working with diverse populations.

A re-publication of the combined Summer and Fall, 2014 special issue of Social Work and Christianity (NACSW's quarterly journal), Virtue and Character in Social Work Practice brings to light questions about professional identity, relationships, and the ability to thrive and sustain social change through the understanding and development of a virtue framework. This framework combines philosophy, theology, and pedagogical practices to offer a holistic approach to professional development and explores the virtues of charity, faith, generosity, gratitude, and justice in social work practice.

Virtues and Character in Social Work Practice addresses a range of critical questions such as:

  • What character traits and virtues ought Christians in social work seek to nurture in their lives and work?
  • What sorts of dispositions, commitments, and practices should the social work profession seek to instill in social workers
  • What resources do Christian educators and trainers draw from to shape a vision for the type of social workers they hope to cultivate?
  • What is the role of the church in the character and virtue formation of Christians in social work?

    The purpose of this book is to explore how to form Christians in social work who love justice, who care deeply about people and their flourishing, who settle for nothing less than doing their work competently, and whose core posture toward their work is one of integrity.
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  • Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life (Positive Psychology News)
    by Shannon Polly, Kathryn H. Britton
    $13.68 new/used

    What are the elements of good character? The Values in Action (VIA) project identified 24 qualities such as creative, authentic, loving, forgiving, kind, persistent, prudent, and brave, calling them character strengths. Character strengths are elements of good character valued across time and around the world. If you are curious about your own strengths, join the 3 million people that have taken the free online survey at

    Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life brings the 24 character strengths to life with stories involving children, teenagers, adults, and elders and occurring in family life and business settings, in the present and in the distant past, in locations from China to the United States to the Middle East. Research shows that using character strengths in new ways for a week makes people happier up to six months later. This book includes many ideas for using your character strengths in new ways.

    Based on the unusual premise that a key way to build strength is to act ?as if? you have that strength already, this book includes short passages to read aloud to try on particular character strengths. This concept is well known to actors and elite athletes, but less well known to the rest of the world. Look inside the book to see whose words are used to embody hope, gratitude, leadership, creativity, kindness, love and all the rest.

    More than 30 authors contributed stories to this book, including George Vaillant, the 35-year director of Harvard's Study of Adult Development. Many leaders in the positive psychology field endorse the book, including the ?father of positive psychology? Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman. He writes:
    ?My friend, Chris Peterson, would have loved this book. It brings to life with personal stories, practical recommendations, wisdom, and humor the dry scholarship that he (with an assist from me) did in Character Strengths and Virtues. Chris was very down-to-earth and I am sure he would have concurred in my enthusiastically recommending this book to everyone who works with character strengths in the real world.? ~ Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish

    Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to a scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania in honor of the lead researcher of character strengths, the late Christopher Peterson. This scholarship supports the education of future practitioners of positive psychology.

    This is the third book in the Positive Psychology News series, joining Resilience: How to Navigate Life's Curves and Gratitude: How to Appreciate Life's Gifts.

    Bottom line, this book is bound to make you learn something new, be inspired about humanity and have a chance to play with character strengths. This book will make you happier.

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    The Heart of Virtue: Lessons from Life and Literature Illustrating the Beauty and Value of Moral Character
    by Donald DeMarcoSearch for Donald DeMarco
    $8.79 new/used

    This book presents 28 different virtues and reveals, through stories that personify these virtues, how love is expressed through care, courage, compassion, faith, hope, justice, prudence, temperance, wisdom, and others.
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    Character in a JarŪ
    by Free Spirit Publishing (COR)Search for Free Spirit Publishing (COR)
    $6.19 new/used

    Build and reinforce positive character traits at home, in the classroom, after-school programs, youth groups, or wherever you interact with kids and teens.

    Inside the jar are 101 little cards (2" x 2 3?4") printed with words or phrases??Caring,? ?Giving,? ?Service and Sharing,? ?Empathy,? ?Citizenship,? ?Cleanliness,? ?Patience,? ?Compassion,? ?Tolerance,? ?Cooperation,? ?Reliability,? ?Being Punctual,? and many more.

    Use them as discussion-starters or writing prompts. Act them out, talk them over, or plan ways to live them every day. Based on What Do You Stand For? For Teens this is a simple, powerful tool for promoting character development.

     Ages 11 & up, 101 slips, 3" recyclable plastic screwtop jar

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    Calling and Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life
    by William H. WillimonSearch for William H. Willimon
    $4.00 new/used

    In Calling & Character, Willimon lays out a clear and compelling picture of the pastoral life, one that will inform both those embarking on ordained ministry and those who have been in it for many years. He lays out specific habits such as study, collegiality, and humor as the day-by-day means of following the difficult and dangerous, yet deeply rewarding, calling of a pastor.
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    Helpful Hal's Treasury of Christian Virtues (Building Christian Character Series)
    by Michael WaiteSearch for Michael Waite
    $39.30 new/used

    Here are twelve stories about caring, sharing, loving, and growing, written with humor and hilarity and intended to teach important lessons to children (and their parents) about obedience, kindness, fairness and other godly virtues.
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    Bringing up Boys of Character: 12 Core Virtues Decoded for ages 4-9
    by Joshua KisseeSearch for Joshua Kissee

    What should every boy learn before he becomes a man? Within each boy, a core of character virtues must be developed. Decode these virtues while improving the relationship with your son and build his character through practical tips, lessons, activities, events, and spending time together.

    Bringing up Boys of Character: 12 Core Virtues Decoded for ages 4-9 will give parents the tools needed to start building your son into a man before he enters the pre-teen and teen years. Get started today!
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    A Case for Character: Towards a Lutheran Virtue Ethics
    by Joel D. BiermannSearch for Joel D. Biermann
    $17.73 new/used

    Over the last several decades, perceptive observers of Western civilization have documented what virtually everyone has perceived: as the old foundations of society have toppled, morality and personal character have been set adrift and often vanished altogether. How can character be cultivated when it seems no one is willing or able to provide a definitive description of character to which humans should aspire? Equipped with explicit texts and a rich heritage detailing the content of human character, it would seem that Christianity is ideally positioned to address this problem. Yet even the church has often been complicit in undermining and eviscerating a rich, meaningful account of character.

    While the reasons for this are many and complicated, one of the more potent singular factors is actually theological. Contemporary Lutheranism, in particular, has struggled with the appropriate place of morality and character formation, as these pursuits often have been perceived as at odds with the central Christian doctrine of justification.

    A Case for Character explores this problem and argues that Christian doctrine, specifically as articulated within a Lutheran framework, is altogether capable of encouraging a robust pursuit of character formation while maintaining a faithful expression of justification by grace alone through faith alone.

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    The Character of Leadership: Political Realism and Public Virtue in Nonprofit Organizations
    by Michael Jinkins, Deborah Bradshaw Jinkins
    $10.05 new/used

    Behold, I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes, and as innocent as doves. --Matthew 10:16

    . . . remarkable example of practical humanities scholarship. . . .Those who lead all sorts of nonprofit organizations can benefit from this bracing encounter with political realism.
    --James Wind, president, Alban Institute and author of Places to Worship

    Leaders of nonprofit enterprises are often motivated by a completing vision of how the world should be. Too often, however, this prevents them from understanding and skillfully operating in the realm of pragmatic realism. For nonprofit leaders who want to succeed in their efforts to change the world without selling their souls, Jinkins and Jinkins offer a guide to pragmatic and principled politics.

    This book includes case studies of the political successes and failures of talented, good-hearted leaders in a variety of roles including seminary presidents, pastors, and leaders of social service agencies. The authors show us that realistic leaders know that in the rough and tumble of the real world, we must strive to create a place where our values can be translated into policy and common life--learning how to do this is the task that confronts us.
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