Integrity comes from the Latin word integritas, meaning “one” or “whole.” People who are one way on the inside and another way on the outside—i.e., not “whole”—lack integrity; they have “duality” instead. While presenting your view as something other than it is can sometimes be easier in the moment (because you can avoid conﬂict, or embarrassment, or achieve some other short-term goal), the second- and third-order eﬀects of having integrity and avoiding duality are immense. People who are one way on the inside and another on the outside become conﬂicted and often lose touch with their own values. It’s diﬃcult for them to be happy and almost impossible for them to be their best.Ray Dalio
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