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#4 CORE VALUES and Community- perspective  -The ELEMENTS #3

Learning Objective 

To attribute my identified core values to my "community perspective"

SuCcess Criteria

SC# 1

I have interpreted my Core Values in order to link it to my self-perspective.

SC #2

I have mind-mapped my core values in relation to my 'community perspective'

SC #3

I have reviewed my goals in relation to my core values and community perspective 


Stephanie O’Brian(2023) shared that genetics are simply a blueprint to our lives, but it is the choices of our lives that really determine our fate. However, Kendra Cherry, MSEd (2022)  nature refers to our genetics, including the genes we inherit and other hereditary factors that shape our personality and development, while nurture encompasses the environmental influences such as early childhood experiences, upbringing, social relationships, and cultural surroundings. So, do these work as our 'factory settings' and are the foundations of our programming, and if so, how do we change these? How do we re-route these? Are we really capable of change?

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Activity: Ink Bloat Test

Rorschach test is used for psychological evaluation and to provide data about cognition and personality variables such as motivations, response tendencies, cognitive operations, affectivity, and personal/interpersonal perceptions of an individual. What do you see in these?

Reflection: The Inkblot test is seldom used anymore, but a fun exercise. Do you think humans can change? Or is change so constant that we are always changing?


Interpreting your values

Lewis-smith (2020) shared that values are often assumed to influence the development and expression of attitudes, beliefs, behaviour and wellbeing. As values  have such a wide influence on an individual, research on values has been conducted across a range of disciplines including sociology, psychology and anthropology. 

Schwartz (1994) proposed that individuals’ values are derived from three fundamental needs: biological, social and group survival. Which could infer that the social and groups surrounding us have a large influence on our values and behaviours. But what happens, when what is expected of us creates internal, or external conflict? 

Have you ever found it hard to follow through with what is expected of you? Sometimes this can be laziness, like not wanting to do chores, or homework, but sometimes it can be a conflict of our core values?

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ACTIVITY - Dissecting your Core

We are now going to interpret your core values profile on page 4.

1. Identify what are your top 3 core values? Question, if this sits right with you.

2. Evaluate what your top 3 non-negotiables are in friends/partners

3. Share a time when you've felt an internal, or external conflict. Can you see evidence of this in your Core Values Profile?

4. Looking at your lowest priority value, discuss why you think this is.

5. Looking at your highest priority value, discuss why this is, and when it has created a conflict to your connection in one of your 'worlds'.


Mapping My Core Values

Like the tree described in the Engage section, our core values originate from the foundational environment we are born into. These values can evolve and adapt as we draw from other sources, beyond that what we were born into, that continue to shape our growth. (Bardi & Schwartz, 2003; Vecchione et al., 2016). However, these values can change in response to significant events or experiences (e.g., Sortheix et al., 2019).

Research supports this, explaining that during childhood and adolescence values can have significant changes, with the likelihood of these changes decreasing with age (Cieciuch et al., 2016; Daniel & Benish-Weisman, 2019). Young people often share similar values with their families (Boehnke et al., 2007), and the similarity of values among adolescent friends suggests that peer relationships also play a crucial role in value development (Solomon & Knafo, 2007). Thus, while our foundational environment is significant, our values continue to be shaped and refined by various influences throughout our lives.

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Activity: The Source of Values

Take your top 10 values and mind map them to see how they reflect your community perspective, and self-perspective. Map them to particular 'worlds' and even identities that you can see your reflections of your values and how they've shaped, changed or grown. You can continue to do this on your own after our session as well, as this is an incredibly interesting exercise, that can even shape into a timeline of your life displaying the foundation of your values and growth into your strength and behaviours.

Extension: After you feel you've completed your mind map, translate it into a timeline to see your journey so far



REVIEW Goals for TPM Program

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Now that we've explored our values, and researched our strengths, where do we sit? You might need time to reflect and digest, so journalling is a good idea. Even taking time to review your post-session notes over the past 5-8 weeks and seeing where you'd like to go now. If you're ready, ask yourself 'What do I want my goal to be for the remainder of the program?' Look at utilising your strengths (that influence behaviours) and your core values (that aligns with beliefs) to create a target that is fulfilling and enables you to flourish.

Activity: S.M.A.R.T goals

Click the icon to go to the page to complete the reflection activity. This is for you to journal about your progress and experiences so far and consolidate your understanding of your core values and strengths and how they influence your self and community perspective. 

DId We achieve our SC?

SC# 1?

I have interpreted my Core Values in order to link it to my self-perspective.

SC #2 ?

I have mind-mapped my core values in relation to my 'community perspective'

SC #3?

I have reviewed my goals in relation to my core values and community perspective 


Discuss what core values you have similar to another person in your commuity?


Can you set yourself a week length goal to achieve by our next session?


Create a Vision Board outlining your values, strengths and goal(s).

Include a reflection (journal) on what you've discovered so far from TPM.

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