Talk:Life Skills Development/Unit One/Values Clarification/Lesson/Archive

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Getting to know our values

What are values?

Values have many meanings:

  • Values are your personal measure of worth shaped by your beliefs, ideas and principles that are important to you.They shape your priorities and guide you in deciding what is right and wrong
  • Values reflect our attitudes and what we believe about everything.
  • People's values differ and people and we should all learn to tolerate each others' values.


  • A person who values family will care about his/her partner, children and home life.
  • love for my family is a value I am willing to work hard for and maybe even sacrifice to achieve it.
  • That value reflects the fact that I believe love for family is more important than anything else in my life. This should be reflected in my decisions and actions. If not it is not what the person values.
  • A person who values being healthy will exercise, eat the right foods,live positively and avoid alcohol and tobacco.

--Ginindza 22:45, 5 June 2007 (CEST)

Importance of values

  • Clarifying values is an integral part of personal growth.
  • Knowing what's most important to us provides a blueprint and direction in our lives.
  • Values Clarification is a key area in our self-knowledge because we develop a greater awareness of our core values.
  • Knowing our core values or what is most important to us is extremely relevant to creating goals, setting priorities, and managing our time.
  • You will have solid ideas about where you will commit blocks of our energy and time. Less important areas can be set aside or dropped from our schedules.
  • When we have to make choices between activities, we'll have our core values to guide us.
  • When we clarify our values, we also have the opportunity to strengthen our value system and integrity and to integrate ourselves into wholeness withinternational expectations.

Values can be grouped into the following types:

  1. Instrumental values
  2. Moral values
  3. Intrinsic values
  4. Aesthetic values

Instrumental values are those dealing with the means of achieving economic gain, like money and status.

Moral values are those dealing with the notions of right and wrong.

Intrinsic values are those which are desired for their own sake, like happiness, truth and peace

Aesthetic values are those that refer to our standards of judgement of what is beautiful and ugly.


When I have values:

  • I know what is important to me
  • I am able to set my priorities right
  • I am honest
  • I am systematic when doing things
  • I decide before I act
  • I am responsible
  • I have respect for other people
  • I am accountable for my actions
  • I have respect for life
  • I have commitment in whatever I do
  • I show kindness
  • I have self control
  • Values only have value when they are acted upon.
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