Prudence | Strength | Signature Temperance 

Prudence | Strength | Signature Temperance 

 

Prudence 

“Look and see which way the wind blows before you commit yourself.”
— Aesop

Prudence is an orientation to one’s personal future, a form of practical reasoning and self-management that helps one to achieve long-term goals effectively by considering carefully along the way the consequences of actions taken and not taken. The prudent person does not sacrifice long-term goals for short-term pleasures but instead keeps in mind what will eventually produce the most satisfaction. The prudent person makes “smart” choices as opposed to no choices at all. Prudence is akin to the strength we have described as critical thinking and active open-mindedness, but it is a special case in which the evidence to be weighed pertains to future courses of action and their personal costs and benefits. As already implied, prudence is not paralysis. It is a strength of character when it leads us to do things in a judicious way.”

Excerpt From: Christopher Peterson & Martin E. P. Seligman. “Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification.”