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Topic: ethical principles
Ethical is exceptionally vital in communication. Technical communication may be a frame of communication in scientific, medical, engineering among other specialized areas. The two primary standards that will be discussed are: Legality-any technical communication be it in composing or verbal, rules and directions relating to that particular specialized field must be followed. Honesty is key to any communication and typically where the creator recognizes the work of other creators through citing them. This can be significant since taking someone’s work is a serious offense that leads to fines and punishments and it may totally end one’s career. Subsequently, it is vital, to be fair when communicating and recognizing unique creators.
One ethical principle that should be taken into consideration is honesty. Technical writers should present the facts as they are and not interpret them in a way that they can be misleading or misconstrued. For example in the current climate with vaccine hesitation it’s imperative for anyone in the medical field to present the data for vaccines as they are and not add in their own speculation of consequences or benefits. The best way to present vaccine facts is in an honest manner and let the audience draw their own conclusions and decisions. Also most importantly as written in the Ethical Principles for Technical Communicators “We alert our clients and employers when we believe that material is ambiguous.” Meaning if there is an unknown to the information provided by a technical writer it should be made aware of and not filled in or covered up.
A second ethical principle that should be taken into consideration should be fairness. A technical writer should only serve clients in a way that benefits the greater good of the public while maintaining their own core values. More specifically a technical writer should be aware of what they write and how it will affect those around them and the audience. If the information they disclose infringes on another or has the potential to cause harm or damages or does not reflect the values of the writer, the writer should disclose that information to the client. During each project it is ideal for the writer to self-reflect and consider how their writing may affect those around them as well as themselves. As writing is an evolution, conflicts of interest may not only present themselves at first but may crop up during or at the end of a project.
As we all know ethics guide a lot of our daily motives, tasks, and habits but in technical communications the two I would like to choose are neutrality and transparency. When it comes to the two Neutrality is as simple as displaying or writing in an unbias manner and Transparency would be to display not the truth but express with full detail and no unecessary censorship. While writing we may use comparisons and metaphors to create more clarification upon the topic to further the notion of the principles mentinoed but there are dangers to them. Tamara Powell quoted;
It is often difficult to assess the neutrality of a metaphor. Scientists should, nonetheless, seek in their communication to avoid language that is generally recognized to be loaded with emotion, such as apocalyptic warnings and dramatic hyperbole. This language can distract from the perceived neutrality of a scientist, who is expected to present research results that invite open and critical discussion. One rhetorical function of such metaphors is to convince when evidence is missing or ambiguous; however, this is inadvisable, insofar as it leads to scientific statements’ being supported with rhetoric instead of facts.
When a metaphor is used, it should be introduce as such and its connection with specific aspects of scientific concepts should be illustrated. At least in longer texts, authors should explicitly reflect on the connotations and performativity of their chosen metaphors. When metaphors are replaced by similes (i.e., using an X is like Y statement), there is a lower risk that they will be taken literally (Carolan 2006). (Kueffer and Larson 722)
(Page 6, Ethics in communications, March 1, 2016)
From this we must understand that our words are powerful in a sense. Proper usage of writing techniques to create transparency and neutrality should be should not be abused to accidentally create the wrong effect or support a narrative that creates a bias.
Topic: personality testing
The main dimensions of personality traits are the big five factors: extraversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience. They correspond with the way our brain process information. In other words, the big five-set of personality traits directly explains what might influence a person’s development of numerous personality measures. The extraversion factor represents sociability and confidence. In contrast, agreeableness dimensions describe warmth and sympathy, whereas conscientiousness dimensions refer to an organization and persistence, often examined concerning school performance (O’Connor & Paunonen, 2007). In contrast, emotional stability is often the main element, while openness to experience explores the richness of the imagination (Carver & Scheier, 2006). To conclude, I do believe that my test results were accurate to a certain extent.
Although I think tests that demonstrate the significant five factors are an excellent way to examine personality differences, I can’t entirely agree with the prediction that the important five factors reflect what an individual will do in a learning situation (Furham, Chamorro-Premuzic, & McDougall, 2003). Studies state a positive correlation between conscientiousness, neuroticism, openness to experience, and school performance. However, my results don’t fit the description.
So I would have to say that the results from my personality test were pretty accurate oh I am and all around outgoing social person in general. So for mine to come up with 93 in that area was pretty accurate. What I scored the lowest in I was kind of taken back by which was intellect/Inagination But after looking it up i’m pretty traditional when it comes to certain things. I have the same routine year in and year out around the holidays. I like to pass things on from generation to generation. I really don’t feel like test like this really give you an overview of all of the characteristic factors. Because they’re set questions it’s not questions that people are answering for themselves it’s questions that somebody is offering you and you were answering them. I just feel like you can’t really be honest when the questions already made up.
After taking the big five personality test, my highest scores were in agreeableness, conscientiousness, and intellect/imagination. My lower scoring factors were in extroversion and emotional stability. According to the results of the test, “Individuals who score high on Factor I are outgoing and social. Individuals who score low tend to be shut ins” (The big five personality test, n.d.). Overall, I feel as though it accurately depicts me as a person. I have always been an introvert and my emotions have always gotten the best of me.
Even though this test accurately represented me, I do not think that it would represent everyone accurately. Just by the way some of the questions are worded, some people may find it hard to answer or they may over analyze. I found myself with statement such as “I get overwhelmed easily” (The big five personality test, n.d.) a little hard to answer because I was constantly thinking in what circumstance? A person may find themselves easily overwhelmed in one situation over another and it usually depends on circumstance.