Practicing Communication Ethics
Practicing Communication Ethics. Communication is an essential aspect of all human interactions. It involves two or more people exchanging messages with each other in an effort to achieve their own goals.
While people can exchange messages in a variety of different ways, the specific meaning given to the messages is not always clear, especially in terms of ethical behavior. This lesson will explain what ethics are and how they apply to communication. Specifically, this lesson will explain what ethical behavior is and how it differs from unethical behavior when communicating between individuals or groups with different interests.
Finally, it will provide some examples on how you can practice these concepts when you are speaking to your peers or when your opinions clash with those of others.
Practicing Communication Ethics. What is Ethics?
Ethics can be defined as a set of standards that people use to decide how they should behave, and also an area of study involving the systematic analysis and evaluation of moral choices and judgments.
As such, ethics is a broader concept than morals. While morals are generally based on the rules established by a culture or specific group of people (such as one’s family or peers), ethics traditionally referred to a universal code that is independent from any one culture or group.
In other words, it refers to something that pertains to human behavior in general. Moreover, while morals are more emotional in nature, ethics is more about reason and rationality.
Ironically, a large amount of research has been conducted detailing the differences between ethics and morals. In general, ethics is often described as a set of guidelines that people use to make moral judgments about others’ actions, while morals are typically viewed as a collection of beliefs that people have about what they consider acceptable behavior.
Practicing Communication Ethics. For example, if an individual is viewing another person performing a charitable act and he does not feel as though it is morally right for him to accept the gift because it was given to him by someone else (possibly by propelling his ego), he will probably make a moral judgment regarding the action.