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The BPS (2006) advocate psychologists should:

  • Respect individual, cultural and role differences, including (but not exclusively) those involving age, disability, education, ethnicity, gender, language, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital or family status and socio-economic status.
  • Respect the knowledge, insight, experience and expertise of clients, relevant third parties, and members of the general public.
  • Avoid practices that are unfair or prejudiced.
  • Be willing to explain the bases for their ethical decision making.


We might add in here, explicitly, the requirement to:

  • Respect the views of academics and practioners from other philisophical positions. Particularly where such differences reflect the personality temperament and brain organisation of the person involved.
  • Respect the limit of peoples ability to change. We are not infinitely plastic in the way that much education, therapy and management practice implies.

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