If Fairness is your top strength, treating people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.

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Virtue Category

Fairness falls under the virtue category of Justice. Justice describes strengths that make life fair. They are broadly interpersonal and describe the best interaction between the individual and a group or community.

Key Concepts

Fairness is a cognitive judgment capacity that involves reasoning and making judgments. It involves 2 types of reasoning:

  • Justice reasoning which emphasizes logic and weighing principles to determine moral rights and responsibilities.
  • Care reasoning which includes empathy and compassion; the ability to put yourself in somebody else's shoes.

    Importance of Fairness and Equality Demonstrated by... Monkeys

    Fairness In Action

    Fairness Motto

    Treat people the way you want to be treated.

    Exercises for Boosting Fairness

    • Self-monitor to see whether you think about or treat people of other ethnicities and cultures stereotypically.
    • The next time you make a mistake, self-monitor to see whether you admit it.

    Examples of Fairness


    • 12 Angry Men
    • A Man for All Seasons
    • Norma Rae
    • The Burmese Harp
    • In a Better World
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    • One World - Police
    • One Day - Matisyahu
    • Peace Train - Cat Stevens
    • This Land is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
    • Talking Bout a Revolution - Tracy Chapman

    Where Does Fairness Fall In Your Strengths Profile?

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