Miss Conduct's Mind over Manners: Master the Slippery Rules of Modern Ethics and Etiquette (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, May 26, 2009 - Reference - 288 pages
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A witty, sophisticated guide to the new principles of modern social behavior, by a psychologist and popular alternative-etiquette-and-ethics guru

This is no rule book about forks and calling cards. As a child, Robin Abrahams was bitterly disappointed when her parents forced her to have a lemonade stand rather than a booth for dispensing advice. In Miss Conduct’s Mind over Manners, Abrahams, now a psychologist and the popular “Miss Conduct” columnist for The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, tackles the perplexing social dilemmas of our time:

  • Is it polite to say “Bless you” to a sneezing atheist?
  • Should a foreign person’s name be pronounced in his native accent?
  • Does knitting at a meeting display a lack of attention or superior multitasking?
  • Can a restaurant these days still be so fancy that you cannot request a doggie bag with dignity?
  • What’s a nice vegetarian to do if Gypsies give her bread smeared with lard?

Bringing to bear the insights of psychology, Abrahams outlines eight steps to more graceful living that can be applied to uncertain situations—and for handling the inevitable mistakes—involving food, religion, children, pets, health, sex, money, and more.

With humor, compassion, and gusto, Miss Conduct’s Mind over Manners delivers thoughtful and thought-provoking advice for everyone navigating the complex world of modern human interaction.


  

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User Review  - heike6 - LibraryThing

A psychologist/comedian writing about manners? I couldn't think of anyone better suited. A lot of the book covered different viewpoints and things to consider when doing things, since there really is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane - Goodreads

I'd love to have my own advice column, called "The Appropriate Lady". Even though she doesn't always answer the question(s), I thoroughly enjoyed this. Read it in one day. Read full review

Contents

Welcome to the Real World of Etiquette
1
Food
15
Finances
41
Religion
74
Sex and Relationships
106
Children
142
Health
170
Pets and Other Passions
196
The Principles of Thoughtful Engagement
219
A Note to the Reader
245
Recipes for the Soul
247
Improve Your Mind over Manners
251
Acknowledgments
255
Index
259
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About the author (2009)

Robin Abrahams is the “Miss Conduct” columnist for The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and writes the “Socially Scientific” column for the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. A research associate at Harvard Business School, she has also worked as a stand-up comedian and holds a doctorate in psychology. She and her husband, Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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