What Integrity Means.

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Integrity in the dictionary is defined as the quality or state of being of sound moral principle; uprightness, honesty, and sincerity. So as an example you could say- He expects to find in us the common honesty and integrity of men of business; They admired his scrupulous professional integrity. Everyone has a certain degree of Integrity and everybody has a different outlook on it.

Integrity is one of the most important and misunderstood words in the world. It is also the most puzzling. For example, at times people distinguish acting morally from acting with integrity. Persons of integrity might act immorally--even though they probably wouldn't usually think they were acting immorally. So someone might acknowledge a person to have integrity even though that person might have mistaken moral views.

There are different types of integrity, like intellectual and artistic integrity. Because integrity has commitments and values, people sometimes assume that these types of integrity are a person's overall integrity, or of their personal integrity.

However, there are many people who we say have intellectual but not personal integrity. There's sometimes a misunderstood difference between types of integrity, intellectual and moral integrity are often misunderstood.

Another way of thinking about integrity involves moral beliefs which a person of integrity must remain true. Moral beliefs are the standards you set for yourself based on you beliefs. And you can apply Integrity to morals because Integrity can also mean you stay true to something. And if you stay true to your beliefs then you'll be applying a certain degree of Integrity to yourself.

In conclusion, like I said before Integrity is interpreted in many different ways and used in many different situations.