May 30, 2011
Dr. Terry Portis
Ethics Awareness Inventory Summary
The Ethics Awareness Inventory is a guide to the personal awareness of my ethical perspective and style. This summary will show how others and I approach ethical decision making. I will explain the importance of understanding my own personal ethical perspective. I will analyze the relationship between personal and professional ethics in the field of psychology. EAI Scoring Summary
My ethical perspective after taking the Ethics Awareness Inventory questionnaire is most closely aligned with obligation. The ‘Obligation’ perspective in the EAI, represented by the letter O, is most closely aligned with a deontological theory in which the focus is on an individual’s duty or obligation to do what is morally right. This theory looks to what we intend by our actions, rather than the consequences of our actions. Immanuel Kant is the philosopher most frequently associated with this moral theory. By appealing to ‘conscience’ and the notion that individuals are moved to action by moral reason, Kant seeks to justify that ordinary moral judgments, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, are legitimately true (Williams, 2008). I base my ethical perspective on one’s duty or obligation to do what is morally right. I believe we choose how we act and what rules we are willing to follow. The results show that from my perspective, ethical principles must be appropriate under any circumstances, be respectful of human dignity, and committed to promoting individual freedom and autonomy. The ethical profile is least closely aligned with (E) equity. The ‘Equity’ perspective in the EAI, represented by the letter E, is most closely aligned with a postmodern theory that emerged in the early 1970s and developed as a critique of the traditional principles associated with philosophical thinking in ‘modern’ times (generally considered as a part of the...