I was recently at a stress management conference and there was a panel on ethics and problems solving. One of the vendors there was The New York City Chair Massage Company – www.eventschairmassage.com
This is what I learned talking to a chair massage therapist who deals with ethical issues constantly as one of the best massage therapists in New York City.
Some problems come about because we don’t understand the distinction between what is ethically right and wrong.
When I ask people about the difference between ethics and morality most do not have a distinction between these two concepts.
This distinction came to me when I was teaching a course on hypnosis, NLP*, stress management and leadership and someone asked if manipulating people was ethical.
This question requires more than just a yes or no answer. In my approach to problem solving and decision-making ethics and morality are different though for many social scientists they are interchangeable. It is generally agreed in most of the social sciences that morality is the study of what makes actions right and wrong. The word ‘ethics’ is commonly used interchangeably with ‘morality’. I have always found value in applying a distinction between an individual’s sense of right and wrong (ethics) as opposed to a “group’s” definition. Ethics, in a personal sense of right and wrong may go against a morality imposed from the group onto the individual.
When strategizing to solve a problem, ethical behavior is a reflection of a person’s intent to act whereas morality becomes the rule of the game as imposed on all the players. This distinction becomes important when exploring ideas such as fair play or cheating.
There are many theories concerning morality and ethics. The practical element of all this can become very tricky, and there are many ethical theories that deal with complex issues related to perspective, duty, obligation, personal or cultural values, codes of conduct and social mores.
This is especially so when one is forced into a Zero Sum Game* where there can only be one winner.
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Today’s stress management blog is supported by a grant from Events Chair Massage –www.EventschairMasssage.com – a company that offers Corporate Chair Massage and Stress Management Services to meeting planner, event planners, party planners and HR for Trade show booths throughout the United States.
Below is a chair massage demo that shows techniques our corporate chair massage therapists use to massage their clients’ upper back, shoulders, and neck — using elbows and forearms, with minimal use of the thumbs.