Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict

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Yale University Press, 2011 - Dignity - 221 pages
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The desire for dignity is universal and powerful. It is a motivating force behind all human interaction--in families, in communities, in the business world, and in relationships at the international level. When dignity is violated, the response is likely to involve aggression, even violence, hatred, and vengeance. On the other hand, when people treat one another with dignity, they become more connected and are able to create more meaningful relationships. Surprisingly, most people have little understanding of dignity, observes Donna Hicks in this important book. She examines the reasons for this gap and offers a new set of strategies for becoming aware of dignity's vital role in our lives and learning to put dignity into practice in everyday life.

Drawing on her extensive experience in international conflict resolution and on insights from evolutionary biology, psychology, and neuroscience, the author explains what the elements of dignity are, how to recognize dignity violations, how to respond when we are not treated with dignity, how dignity can restore a broken relationship, why leaders must understand the concept of dignity, and more. Hicks shows that by choosing dignity as a way of life, we open the way to greater peace within ourselves and to a safer and more humane world for all.

 

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It psychologically explains the cause and influence of dignity, which is important for interpersonal activities.

Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
IntroductionA New Model of Dignity
PART ONETHE TEN ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF DIGNITY
1Acceptance of Identity
2Inclusion
3Safety
12Saving Face
13Shirking Responsibility
14Seeking False Dignity
15Seeking False Security
16Avoiding Conflict
17Being the Victim
18Resisting Feedback
19Blaming and Shaming Others to Deflect Your Own Guilt

4Acknowledgment
5Recognition
6Fairness
7Benefit of the Doubt
8Understanding
9Independence
10Accountability
PART TWOTHE TEN TEMPTATIONS TO VIOLATE DIGNITY
11Taking the Bait
20Engaging in False Intimacy and Demeaning Gossip
PART THREEHOW TO HEAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH DIGNITY
21Reconciling with Dignity
22Dignitys Promise
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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