The Science of Integrity

What is Integrity?

Integrity is the practice of being honest, being respectful, adhering to our values, and consistently making positive decisions - even when no one else is looking. Whereas honesty refers to the act of being truthful, integrity is the act of adherence to principles. Acting with integrity has many personal, social, and professional benefits.

Why Integrity Matters

  • Integrity is linked with happiness, high self-esteem, confidence, and a strong sense of self. These characteristics can help children and youth resist pressure to engage in risky behaviors.
  • Integrity teaches children to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions and helps them make informed decisions about their lives.
  • Integrity motivates social action. It is fundamental for social harmony and sustaining healthy communities, free of corruption and hypocrisy.
  • Our brain has evolved to be social and supports linkages and connections on a social level. A person with integrity contributes to a safe space for social connection. People with integrity are perceived as honest, fair, and reliable and have more high-quality relationships.

Did You Know? Integrity is best fostered early by positive parenting, such as active, non-judgmental listening, warmth, and affection.

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“Integrity is an essential part of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).”

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