Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Defining Personal Values Activity

Ask, "What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase 'personal values?'"

Ask foster youth to define these universal values:
- Honesty
- Integrity
- Trustworthiness
- Loyalty
- Fairness
- Caring
- Respect
- Responsibilty
- Pursuit of Excellence
- Accountability

*Universal values transcend time, religion and culture.

List and define various types of values:
- Aesthetic values: Concern with appearance and beauty
- Health and safety values: Concern with physical well-being
- Environmental values: Concern with the state of the environment
- Intellectual values: Concern with reasoning
- Moral values: Concerned about the well-being of others
- Religious values: Concerned with spirituality and faith

- What are your personal values?
- Why do you value those thing?
- How might they influence your life choices?
- Are any of your personal values in conflict with one another?

Kister, Joanna. Life Planning Resource Guide. Ohio Department of Education, 1994.

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