Angeles Arrien, who was a teacher and cultural anthropologist, outlines in this excerpt from Living in Gratitude the essentials of character development.

David Brooks, a cultural commentator who writes for The New York Times, elaborates in this excerpt from The Road to Character on the calm, settled, rooted quality of people who embody strong inner character.

Robert Frager, a Sufi teacher who is founding president of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, presents in this excerpt from Who Am I? the potential usefulness of all personality typologies.

Richard G. Geldard, a writer and lecturer who specializes in the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, describes in this excerpt from Emerson and the Dream of America the transcendentalist's views on self-recovery as the process of soul-making, awakening the full potential of human life.

Gail Godwin, a novelist and short-story writer, celebrates in this excerpt from Heart the prime Confucian virtue of jen, "human-heartedness."

Peter J. Gomes, who was the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister at Harvard's Memorial Church, contends in this excerpt from The Good Life that real and genuine peace requires the priority of justice, the intentional decision to do what is right.

Musa Kazim Gulcur, a lecturer at Academy Foundation in Istanbul, defines hilm — dignity, calm, consciousness, gentleness — in this excerpt from Good Character.

Camille Helminski, cofounder and codirector of the Threshold Society, shares an 11th century Islamic code of behavior and awareness in this excerpt from The Book of Character.

Kabir Helminski, cofounder and codirector with Camille of the Threshold Society, notes in this excerpt from The Inner Journey (edited by William C. Chittick) the highest attainment of Sufism is nothing but good character.

James Hillman, founder of archetypal psychology and the best-selling author of The Soul's Code, assesses long life as a laboratory for character development in this excerpt from The Force of Character and the Lasting Life.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, a Jesuit poet who loved the natural world, waxes eloquent about the nobility of Jesus' character in this excerpt from Hopkins (edited by Thomas Ryan).

Daphne Rose Kingma, a private consultant and relationship expert, explores in this excerpt from The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart the concept of your signature strength, a unique stronghold of personal power.

Mari Ruti, Distinguished Professor of critical theory and of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Toronto, helps us understand in this excerpt from The Call of Character why smothering desire makes authenticity impossible.

N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world's leading Bible scholars, calls in this excerpt from After You Believe for followers of Jesus to exhibit a God-reflecting, integrated morality.