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She is my psychiatrist. She told me she is bi-polar. Now what?

How did you react when your psychiatrist disclosed their own mental illness to you during a session? Have any other mefites had this experience or heard of it? During my 4th consultation (over 6 weeks) with a psychiatrist who is treating me she sort of casually disclosed that she herself suffers from bi-polar disorder and that she has in fact been hospitalised 3 times in the last 12 months due to it. [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Jan 15, 2014 - 39 answers

 

What sci fi story had an assistant trapped in a prof's simluation?

I remember reading a seminal short story notable for raising ethical issues about simulated consciousness, but I can't recall the title or author. I believe a group of researchers were trapped in the simulation, being used to draft papers for the Professor. [more inside]
posted by brownbat on Nov 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Guerrilla art ethics.

When (if ever) is it appropriate to take a piece of guerrilla art down and keep it? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Sep 19, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me find a webcomic equating unethical behavior with climbing stairs

I'm trying to find an old webcomic I read years ago, possibly linked from metafilter. I remember that it was a really text heavy comic (large walls of text in speech bubbles). It made an analogy between committing immoral acts and climbing stairs. You don't just do evil things outright, you bend what is acceptable to you a little bit at a time, like climbing stairs one step at a time. I also think the webcomic overall had a feminist theme.
posted by fingo on Aug 15, 2013 - 3 answers

I am planning to leave my boyfriend ... in 30 months time...

Is it immoral or unethical to stay in a relationship just long enough to get into a situation where I can leave? [more inside]
posted by the fish formerly known as sarcastic fringehead on Jul 19, 2013 - 55 answers

The Sign Painter's Dilemma: Is there such a thing?

I have a question, which I think is about morals and philosophy. I'm pretty sure I can elucidate the thing I'm looking for pretty clearly and hope this doesn't turn into chatfilter. Mainly I'm wondering if formalized discussions of this exist and looking for resources to read up on it. I call it "The Sign Painter's Dilemma" but it could also be a Tattoo Artist's Dilemma... [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 on Jul 2, 2013 - 19 answers

I want the system to work -- just not this time.

My husband got a ticket, but the ticket writer got his information wrong, can we get away with not paying? [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle on May 25, 2013 - 23 answers

Set the bar...at what height exactly?

Recently I became friends with a group of people that lie and act in deceitful and unfair ways towards others - so I say, they apparently find it perfectly okay. Is it right to hold your friends to your own personal standards?
posted by travelwithcats on May 19, 2013 - 38 answers

Should we give/sell back our site name? Are there legal repercussions?

Short: Guy let his domain name expire, we won it at auction after the one-month grace period, 1-2 weeks later we get an email from him saying "B-b-but..." [more inside]
posted by Anwan on Feb 16, 2013 - 25 answers

Playdate conundrum

My Son (Oliver, 8) goes to school. He has regular playdates and the occasional sleepover with other kids from his class. One of the children from his class is the child of a local politician, his name is Thomas. Oliver and Thomas are friends, but Oliver is friends with many other kids and some of whom he would prefer. Sometimes Thomas can be a difficult kid, not exactly sure what his status is, but he has more needs than most kids. With that said, he is only 8 and not a bad kid, quite polite. We have had drinks with Thomas's parents before and it was nice, however I made sure to avoid any political conversations as the father is the elected local representative of a party I find ... unappealing. I know the mother more than the father and we get along fine. [more inside]
posted by njk on Dec 1, 2012 - 40 answers

A Cat's the Only Cat Who Knows Where it's at

My cat was hit by a car and had to have high risk emergency surgery. Once he has fully recovered, I am debating whether or not to let him roam outside again. [more inside]
posted by drunkonthemoon on Nov 28, 2012 - 36 answers

What should I do about this ethical issue at work?

Due to major recent changes in my field, I am now being listed as supervisor of most of the people I work with (including my actual supervisors), and this is due to my credentials. This is not information that is solely internal (since I am not actually everyone's supervisor) but actually is information sent to the third party funding sources, which I think raises a major ethical issue. Should I be allowing this to happen? What should I do about it?
posted by queenba on Oct 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Should I support flyer distribution?

Should I take the flyer/free newspaper offered to me in the street? I am torn between helping the guy get home sooner, and not supporting an environmentally harmful practice.
posted by Dragonness on Aug 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Hey kids, lying is bad...

So I'm thinking it's a bad idea to include a chapter by Jonah Lehrer in my college's first-year experience course, given that it would be placed right after our discussion on academic dishonesty. Can you help me think of a replacement? [more inside]
posted by bizzyb on Aug 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Congratulations, new priest! (I don't agree with what you're joining.)

Is sending a congratulatory card to a newly ordained Catholic priest ethically problematic for people who disagree with the Catholic Church on political and social issues?
posted by vegartanipla on Jul 19, 2012 - 20 answers

How to protect idea for database and apps after showing it to someone?

I sent a video outlining an idea I came up with for a DB and series of apps to a contact I made at a big org. I received a terse reply that appeared to be claiming the idea as theirs. What is the best way to respond? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jul 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for first-person accounts of descent into corporate corruption.

I'm looking for good first-person non-fiction accounts of how people rationalize their descent into bad behavior. I'm particularly interested in business or organizational contexts in which unethical behavior or corrupt behavior has occurred. Anything come to mind? Thanks!
posted by langedon on Mar 20, 2012 - 11 answers

I need to put something on my feet.

Ethical everyman shoes? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Feb 7, 2012 - 34 answers

How to ethically blog from inside the ivory tower

Professors, journalistis, writers, lend me your brain: is it ethically okay for me to professionally blog about my grad school program? [more inside]
posted by smirkette on Aug 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Animals are not for my entertainment - but?

I am faced with a decision that needs a resolution within the next 1/2 hour. I am against the use of animals for entertainment. Should I go to a country fair that as well as the usual offerings (rides, best pies and jams etc.), has an 'exotic animal show?' (which I could skip, but...) [more inside]
posted by analog on Aug 6, 2011 - 23 answers

accepting a job knowing another offer is likely?

This is really a question of ethics as a job seeker. Should you accept a job offer, knowing that a better offer is probably coming shortly (but not yet 100% certain) and if it does appear, should you leave the first job after only a short time? [more inside]
posted by tandemrepeat on Aug 3, 2011 - 30 answers

Is there a difference, legally or ethically, between murdering someone and forcing them to commit suicide?

Is there a difference, legally or ethically, between murdering someone and forcing them to commit suicide? [more inside]
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty on Jun 23, 2011 - 30 answers

Can I go back on a verbal agreement to have work done on my car without negative consequences?

Can (should) I ask my mechanic not to do a job we agreed they would do, after they've ordered the part? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Jun 20, 2011 - 10 answers

It's not stealing if...

An etiquette/ethical question about consulting contracts and dealing with recruiters. The question is: would this be considered stealing a contract? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jun 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Ethics of providing sample code to prospective employer

(Posted for a friend) A co-worker of mine and I were discussing a sticky situation that I think is pretty common in the IT field. We are both applying for new jobs and have been asked to submit sample code as well as documentation. Obviously code and documentation is intellectual property of the employer, even though the employee essentially wrote/designed/authored it. How would one go about submitting code and documentation in a legal and ethical manner that still displays relevant work experience?
posted by langedon on May 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Office Politics...

What would you do if your landlord was also your friend and client, and had violated all three relationships, all at one time? [more inside]
posted by She Talks To Angels on Mar 13, 2011 - 31 answers

Entry Level Credit Cards for Someone Who Hates Credit Cards

Help me find a credit card for emergencies, even though I'm too young for a real credit history and a little squigged out by the ethics of credit card companies. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Mar 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Confronting Recruiting Agency About Shady Practices

I applied to an ad for a contract position with an organization in my city that I've wanting to learn more about. So far I've had one positive phone interview with the project manager, but the more I deal with the recruiter, the more I'm concerned about the firm using deceptive methods. Is it worth it to call up the headquarters of this firm to voice my concerns? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Jan 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Can I exchange my cats?

I don't love my cats. Can I humanely surrender them and find a better match? [more inside]
posted by Jay Levitt on Dec 28, 2010 - 44 answers

My colleague swallowed his teeth during a snowball fight. Now what?

Snowball fight ethical dilemma - who is responsible to fix something that breaks [more inside]
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty on Dec 2, 2010 - 26 answers

I'm a bed bug dog and I love what I do?

My friend (really) is considering using a bed bug dog to help her figure out what is biting her (she is aware of all of the other ways to monitor the situation, as well). However, she is a gentle soul, and is worried about whether such dogs like what they do. [more inside]
posted by analog on Nov 23, 2010 - 15 answers

I want to give my prof a gift, is it okay?

Etiquette filter: I'd like to give my Creative Writing professor a gift to celebrate her new baby (due in Dec). Her and her husband are also the advisors for the Creative Writing side of the English Department, of which I'm a grad student. Am I crossing any ethical boundaries? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Nov 10, 2010 - 13 answers

To quote or not to quote (an email)

I'm considering writing a critical review of a popular online service - what are the ethics regarding the quoting or summarizing of email messages? [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Oct 26, 2010 - 13 answers

But I was a Boy Scout

Do I Vote? [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose on Oct 25, 2010 - 28 answers

Blogging from the wrong side of the Dunning-Kruger Effect

I want to talk about ethics in marketing from an in-the-field standpoint; I think it's an important conversation that nobody's having. But I'm overthinking myself right out of ever doing it. [more inside]
posted by TheFlak on Oct 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Religious food storage v hoarding laws?

How do religious folk who practice food storage as part of preparedness beliefs and customs deal with actual instances of widespread food shortages? [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Oct 12, 2010 - 12 answers

He accidentally fed a vegetarian meat -- now what?

If you accidentally fed a vegetarian a small amount of meat, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jul 13, 2010 - 71 answers

Are librarians allowed to date patrons?

Are librarians allowed to date patrons? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jun 10, 2010 - 30 answers

Do I need to disclose near-term plans?

What are the ethical implications (if any) of taking a job with no intentions of staying with the company long-term? [more inside]
posted by ista on May 15, 2010 - 21 answers

Buddha for Dead White Males

What are some good resources on Buddhism for someone who wants to remain attached to Western scientific rationalism? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson on Mar 10, 2010 - 35 answers

Should I Ride The Free Internet Gravy Train?

Moved into a new place. Should I accept this free Internet service while it lasts? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Feb 25, 2010 - 14 answers

What referral fee is appropriate for another business

How large a referral fee is appropriate to offer another business for sending me clients? [more inside]
posted by vegsister on Jan 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Are they killing sables to make my brushes?

If the paint brush manufacturers are only taking a certain bit of hair from an animal, what happens to the rest of the animal? [more inside]
posted by blackunicorn on Jan 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Random position ethics?

Please help me remember the name (and proponents and critics) of a specific ethical principle. [more inside]
posted by Anything on Dec 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Should I go to Burma/Myanmar?

Should I go to Burma/Myanmar? [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Oct 7, 2009 - 18 answers

Can you make Officespace look good bt comparison?

I need a movie with horribly unethical working environments. [more inside]
posted by oddman on Feb 17, 2009 - 48 answers

Ethics Terminology Sought

What's the ethical concept which measures one's ability to apply one's ethical standards universally? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy on Jan 21, 2009 - 11 answers

Is this seller trying to pull a fast one?

I recently received a counterfeit laptop battery from a marketplace seller on Amazon. Now the seller has requested that I remove my negative feedback, claiming that he was the victim of a dodgy supplier. Should I? [more inside]
posted by adamsc on Dec 29, 2008 - 17 answers

Religious aphorisms relevant to business ethics

I’m looking for aphorisms, from a variety of religious traditions, relevant to business ethics. [more inside]
posted by langedon on Nov 8, 2008 - 6 answers

If only people were all fruit. Then you'd be able to fondle for freshness.

Is there a single question you can ask that tells you immediately (if not totally conclusively) whether someone is a good person? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 20, 2008 - 72 answers

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