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Anatomy of Integrity

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What integrity is not

The every day, non-rigorous notions of integrity include such ideas as honesty, keeping one's agreements with oneself and with others, and often extend into fulfilling one's duties and obligations as expected by the society around us. 

Each of these notions, as expressed in particular circumstances, can be acting with integrity...or not. The reason we have to add the "or not" is because, depending upon the circumstances, then being honest may not serve your integrity, keeping your agreements with yourself or others may not serve your integrity, and certainly fulfilling your duties or obligations could even work against, not for, your integrity. See Lying for the greater good to explain why honesty is not always an expression of integrity.

What integrity is

Every human being has the potential to experience internal conflicts, conflicts in which two or more parts of themselves are at odds, rather than being mutually supportive. Ultimately, all such conflicts, or lack of integrity, can be reduced to conflicts among two or more of four fundamental parts, each of which can be divided into two subparts. 

Introducing the quadruplets (and even octuplets) inside of you

Declared combatants

Although conflicts can occur between any two parts, the declared combatants are most often these:

  • Now against Next

    • Frightened against Fearless​

    • Pleasure against Plan

  • Oneself against Others

    • Selfish against Service​

    • Express against Emage

Fundamental integrities

And the important fundamental integrities are these:

The Anatomy of Integrity chart

Now you can look freshly at the Anatomy of Integrity chart.

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Fundamentals of AskDwightHow

The design, the theme, the intention, and the usefulness of AskDwightHow are all about how to create and maintain these integrities so that you're loving the living of your life, both for now and for your future, both for yourself and for others you care about. 

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