Personal Values Development Paper

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Personal Values Development Paper
Shirley Smith
University of Phoenix
Joia Turner
November 17, 2007

Through this paper I will be examining my personal values, ground rules and/or ethics development. To define what my values are and the sources they come from (people, institutions, events, etc.) which helped me to shape my values, and the criteria and decision-making factors I utilize to revise them. Lastly I will discuss the potential impact of my values and my performance in my work place.

I believe that the way I see my personal values stems from my upbringing, which I will share in short term. I came from a family of four children, 1 brother and 2 sisters and both parents, I was born in Iowa which our family lived for five years we then moved to California for the next six years and finally moved to Minnesota in 1967. I had come from a very abusive home life which was taking toll on my life.

I was treated in my family as if I were the son, having to go hunting, camping, target shooting with my dad and his buddies, while my brother was left at home. Then when out on these I would end up having to do the cooking and cleaning up after everyone. I acted as though I truly liked it but I actually hated having to go on these trips all the time with my dad.

At home we were not allowed to go outside after 6:00 pm and all of our meals we had to eat everything on our plates no matter what it was if we liked it or not and were not to talk while we were eating. We were all very afraid of our dad if he were to get mad at us or if we were to do something wrong he would beat us with the belt, weeping willow branch or whatever he could find to use on us.

I left home at 17 years of age, got married and had my first daughter, divorced 2 years later, had a second daughter in 1976, which a couple of months after she was born she passed away from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), I blamed myself for moving back to Minnesota from California for years,...
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