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3 Types of Praise

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Jun 05, 2014 @ 11:53 AM

In the book the 5 Languages of Appreciation, the authors outline five types of praise. Understanding each helps better recognize what makes people unique.

Praise of Tasks. This type of praise focuses on a specific tasks and calls attention to the behaviour. Global praise like good job is shown to be least motivating because it is generic. Specific, focused recognition is most rewarding.

Praise of Characteristics. Looks beyond performance and highlights the inner nature of the person. Some character qualities are perseverance, compassion, forgiveness, honesty, integrity, patience, kindness, loving, hardworking, unselfishness.

Praise of Personality. Personality is our normal way of approaching life. Affirm personality traits like spontaneous, logical, intuitive, talker, doer, optimistic, pessimistic, aggressive, passive, neat, disorganized.

Looking at the three types, the most common praise would be task and the most effective is personality.

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