EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING YOUR PERSONAL ETHICAL PERSPECTIVE.
Complete the Ethics Awareness Inventory Tutorial.
Write a 1,050- to 1,250-word summary of your findings. Address the following:
- Explain the importance of understanding your personal ethical perspective.
- Analyze the relationship between personal and professional ethics in psychology.
- Discuss how the APA decision-making process facilitates more ethical professional behavior.
- Describe how your ethical awareness inventory scores relate to the concept of aspirational and enforceable standards. For more information on The Williams Institute: www.ethics-twi.org [email protected] 480-517-1891
EAI (O) OBLIGATION
Ethics Awareness Inventory – Gain New Insight Into Your Ethical Perspective
Your Ethical Perspective
You tend to base your ethical perspective on an individual’s duty or obligation to do what is morally
right—principles that represent what rational persons ought morally to do. You believe that ethical
conduct appeals to “conscience.” In judging whether a person’s actions are ethical, you look to the
intent behind his/her actions, rather than focusing on results. In other words, to be considered ethical,
you believe that we must choose how we act and what rules we are willing to follow. From your
perspective, ethical principles must be: (a) appropriate under any circumstances (universalizable); (b)
respectful of human dignity; and (c) committed to promoting individual freedom and autonomy. Human
beings must never be treated simply as “means” to the accomplishment of some defined “end.” The
end does not justify the means. For additional research: This category is most closely aligned in
philosophy with a deontological theory (See Immanuel Kant and John Rawls).
Remember to review the BLENDED CATEGORIES section if your second highest score is within one
or two points of your highest score.
Your Ethical Style
You believe that human beings have intrinsic value—we have a right to individual respect. Therefore,
you cannot support social traditions and policies aimed at “the best interests of society as a whole” if
any individual is denied the opportunities to which she/he is entitled as a human being. Your approach
to ethics requires that, within legal and humane limits, people should be allowed to make their own
choices. Acting in response to impulse, instinct, or rules worked out by others for us to obey does not
constitute ethical conduct on our part. You believe that fostering personal growth takes precedence
over achieving efficiency through organizational and social structures that tend to “dehumanize” ethical
decision making. For this reason, you advocate policies intended to ensure equal respect and
opportunities for all. Moral decisions must reflect the free choice of individuals if we ever expect to hold
them personally responsible. You are guided by a desire to be in accord with established standards of
right and wrong.
Frustrations You Face in Addressing Ethical Dilemmas
9 What you determine to be the right choice may not appear to be the most beneficial choice
for the organization you support. The right choice does not necessarily benefit the decision