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4 Character Development

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4 Character Development

  1. 1. SELF- TRANSFORMATION<br />Theosophical Society in the Philippines<br />Character Development<br />Peace Center of the Theosophical Society in the Philippines, 1 Iba Street, Quezon City, Philippines. Tel. No. (632)741-57-40; Fax No. (632)740-3751; Email: tspeace@info.com.ph<br />
  2. 2. Character Development<br />Importance <br />A wholesome character is the foundation of true success -- inner peace, personal effectiveness, meaningful life. It is also the basis of genuine spirituality. <br />
  3. 3. Character Development<br />II. Difference between Personality and Character <br />Personality is the outer shell of a person: physical, emotional and mental habits, usually based on acquired conditionings. Character is the deeper nature of the individual, usually based on principles rather than just acquired habits. It is the essence of accumulated experience. <br />
  4. 4. Self-Acceptance and Self-Confidence<br />This is the proper regard for oneself -- neither inferiority complex nor self-conceit. Avoid comparing oneself with others. Just be your best. Accept whatever is your best. Never be embarrassed with what you are after you have done your best. <br />III. Values and Character Qualities<br />
  5. 5. III. Values and Character Qualities<br />Courage and Absence of Fear<br />Courage is the determination to go on even if one is afraid. Fears are obstacles to a meaningful and happy life. We must know how to handle and diminish our fears -- including fear of dark, fear of people, fear of embarrassment, fear of failure, fear of animals, fear of heights, etc.. <br />
  6. 6. III. Values and Character Qualities<br />Self-Discipline<br /> Self-Discipline is the subordination of the body, emotions and thoughts by the higher will. It enables us to do what needs to be done without the delay or obstruction of unwholesome personality habits or attitudes. It enables us to conquer temptation. Related traits: Determination and perseverance.<br />
  7. 7. III. Values and Character Qualities<br />Integrity and Honesty<br />Integrity means strict adherence to code of moral values. Honesty in daily life is possible and desirable -- including business and professional life. Integrity and honesty grants us peace of mind. Honesty is the basis of true interpersonal relationship; its opposite is deception.<br />
  8. 8. III. Values and Character Qualities<br />5. Love and Concern for Others<br />Concern and action for the welfare of others is the source of human happiness. Genuine service-orientedness is key to success in any endeavor -- business, career, projects, human relations, etc. It includes kindness and consideration of other people&apos;s feelings, as well as the suffering of animals and the protection of our environment.<br />
  9. 9. III. Values and Character Qualities<br />Cheerfulness and Optimism<br />Amidst the difficulties of life, these traits make life brighter. They give us strength to go through adversities. These qualities make a person likable. Related quality: Positive Thinking. <br />
  10. 10. III. Values and Character Qualities<br />Loyalty and Reliability<br /> We must be loyal to our commitments, whether expressed or implied -- commitments in marriage, in work, in friendship, as a citizen, etc. Reliability is an outstanding trait of an effective person -- it is the source of advance and success in whatever we do.<br />
  11. 11. III. Values and Character Qualities<br />Fairness<br />Fairness is necessary for peace of mind; its opposite are traits like greed, selfishness, or lack of wisdom. An attitude of fairness enables us to accept consequences of conflicts -- honors, court decisions, sharings, profits, etc. We gain the respect of others, and hence become more effective in our work.<br />
  12. 12. III. Values and Character Qualities<br />9. Selflessness and Spirituality<br />Mature persons are no longer absorbed with their own personal needs. Selflessness is the foundation of true spirituality. Spirituality is not the same as religiosity. Spirituality is a growing awareness and experience of our unity with the Supreme Being, with other people and with nature.<br />
  13. 13. THANK YOU<br />Copyright 1995. Permission to reprint is granted provided acknowledgment be made to: Peace Center Theosophical Society in the Philippines, 1 Iba St., Quezon City, Philippines E-mail: tspeace@info.com.ph<br />