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10. The Vital Role of Value Standards

Despite society’s endorsement of ever-lower value standards, the stress evaluation reveals that each of us has high value standards in a number of important areas (e.g., morality, integrity, honesty and fidelity) which cannot be lowered. While we are free to live beneath these standards, doing so constitutes a debilitating stress on us. Interestingly, these values appear to be inborn and may be raised as we gain further insight. That is, our baseline of acceptable behavior rises as we recognize a superior standard, but it cannot be adjusted downward unless we have internalized a false standard, which CAN be discarded. We appear to be hard-wired on an upward path, straying from which is very stressful to us. Continue reading

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