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How Values Differ: Psychological Types and Moral Foundations

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How Values Differ: Psychological Types and Moral Foundations

This topic examines how personalities and value sets differ in the context of a team setting. Psychological tools such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator are examined, including endorsements and critiques for each. Various theories on moral composition are explored. Jonathan Haidt, for example, postulates that human morality is made up of six 'receptors' which are emphasized in different combinations across different people and groups (Toronto PPG 2014). 

Topic Learning Outcome: Students will understand the challenges of cooperating with individuals that have different values and personality types than they themselves have and will be knowledgeable about different strategies for overcoming these challenges and cooperating with different types of people.

Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Values; Collective LeadershipWorkplace Flexibility; Workplace Well-Being.

Recommended Readings

University of Toronto: PPG 2014 Leading Change and Getting Things Done

Center for Applications of Psychological Type. "MBTI Overview." http://www.capt.org/mbti-assessment/mbti-overview.htm

Type Logic. "Frequently Asked Questions." http://typelogic.com/faq.html

Moffa, Michael. "A Critique of The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)." http://www.recruiter.com/i/critique-of-the-myers-briggs-type-indicator-critique/

HumanMetrics. "Jung Typology Test." http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp

Haidt, Jonathan. 2012. The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion. Random House, Toronto. Introduction and Part II.

Haidt, Jonathan. 2012. “Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence.” http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_humanity_s_stairway_to_self_transcendence.html

Haidt, Jonathan. "Moral Foundations Questionnaire." http://www.moralfoundations.org/ 

 

Sample Assessment Questions:

1.) What are values? Do you believe there are any essential values that an individual must hold to be an effective public servant? If so, identify one and explain the need for its universality within the public service in one paragraph - if not, explain why in one paragraph.

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