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Personal values: how knowing yourself can guide your actions

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Anne-Laure Le Cunff
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Our cultural environment transmit personal ideologies

  • Traditional cultures value religion while secular-rational cultures value science research
  • Societies focused on survival are likely to be industrial while those focused on self-expression are post-industrial

Good values are evidence-based and controllable; bad values are emotion-based and destructive

Personal value quadrant 1. Personal-competence: value wisdom, achieved through independent thinking 2. Personal-moral: value friendship, achieved through honesty 3. Social-competence: value equality, achieved through ambitious work 4. Social-moral: value national security, achieved through obedience

Discovering personal values

  • Think about someone you admire and write a short essay on their values and how they align with your own
  • Pick from a list of values: bravery, compassion, family, financial security, health, leadership, love, nature, success, work, etc.
  • Journal to self-reflect

Align your actions and behavior with your values

  • Values are not fixed: shape them over the course of your life
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