Discussion 2: Ethical Decision Making and Personal Values
Read the statements below and consider to what extent you “agree” or “disagree”:
- Killing innocent people (murder) is sometimes justifiable.
- Killing innocent people (murder) is always wrong.
- Ethically, all human lives are equally worth saving.
- Ethically, some human lives are more worth saving than others.
- Lying is always wrong.
- Sometimes, lying is justifiable.
Now, think about whether you agreed or disagreed and how your personal values influenced your answer. These statements were rather straightforward; consider that often you will be faced with more complex and potentially ambiguous situations.
Post by Day 5 an evaluation of the impact of personal values on ethical decision making. Your evaluation should include the following:
- A brief analysis of your response to the above questions
- A description of which decision-making model fits with your professional identity
- An assessment how your personal values and ethics impact your decision making within your professional identity
Lefkowitz, J. (2003). Ethics and Values in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.