Last updated: Apr 17th, 2011


Integrity is a certain consistency, wholeness, and truthfulness in one's actions. Honesty is an important part of integrity, but integrity is a broader concept, as it encompasses the whole of a person's actions. In order for a person to act with integrity, that person must act consistently with the values and beliefs that they openly profess to hold. A failure to act with integrity can be called hypocrisy.

I like to think about two types of integrity: personal integrity and public integrity. Personal integrity is the integrity of an individual, whereas public integrity is the integrity of a society or culture as a whole.

Building personal integrity:

In our society, people are quick to judge or assess the integrity of others, but there is little talk about how to build one's own integrity. This is a shame, as it is much easier to influence your own actions than it is to influence the actions of others, and in creating a society and culture with greater public integrity, it is easiest to start with yourself.

My personal experience has been that the following techniques and practices are helpful to build integrity:

Building public integrity:

Public integrity is a tougher problem than personal integrity. However, I believe that there are several ways in which we can promote public integrity:

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