Ethical Thinking and Decision-making


Ethical thinking involves the complex process used to consider the impact of our actions on the individuals and institution we serve. While most decisions are routine, we can unexpectedly face an ethical dilemma when unusual situations occur suddenly for which an immediate response is needed. The foundation of ethical decision-making involves choice and balance. It is a guide to discard bad choices in favor of good ones. Therefore, in making ethical decisions, one of the first things to consider is to ask yourself what would be the outcome of your decision.

We must understand that values are gained in childhood and they are permanent perceptions that shape and influence the nature of our behaviors. Values involve emotion, knowledge, thought, and ultimately choice of response. Because, values govern behavior, they color the way individuals view and respond to their world. It is important to understand the impact values have on choice. While values can change over time, they represent a significant component of personality. It is through individual values that culture is defined, and provides broad social guidelines for standards. Values influence how people make choices. Be smart and make good and ethical choices!

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