Personal Values and Ethical Standards

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Personal Values and Ethical Standards BSHS 331—Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Human Services February 22, 2012 Personal Values and Ethical Standards Developmental aspects of Values and their Implications to my Work The values that I hold deeply today are showing kindness, integrity, honesty, and openness. Kindness is more of a virtue than a value, but the two are related in that values hold virtues such as compassion, loyalty, and respect. Kindness is what I choose to show as much as possible to others even in the absence of respect. Integrity is a choice for me not an obligation. I have seen the rewards of integrity through my parents. Integrity gives me strength when I can find none to help me make difficult decisions. Integrity is a learned behavior that can be relied upon at all times. Honesty is one of the values that I find the most difficult to define. I know that honesty means to behave in a fair and straightforward manor, to be honorable and to have integrity. This is why I rely on my integrity to give me strength. I cannot behave honestly without knowing and having integrity. The two are one in the same or as I believe you cannot have one without the other. Openness is ones willingness or readiness to receive and to be open to new ideas or behaviors. I have tried most of my life to be open to others thoughts, behaviors’, cultures, beliefs, and opinions. My father has been instrumental in helping me to see life this way. My immediate family is responsible for instilling in me the core values that I have mentioned. I was fortunate to have grown up in a two parent household that was stable and nurturing. This is not to say that our family was perfect. We had our share of obstacles to overcome. Growing up I looked to many people for guidance on how to behave. Learned behavior was the main way I grew up. I know that some forms of

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