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The ten essential elements of dignity

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:24 pm
by GA Russell
Here's an article I found interesting about what is required to treat someone with dignity. ... test=faces

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:40 pm
by Quarterstick
Thanks for sharing. These are important reminders for us all.

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:09 pm
by CMur12
That's excellent, G A. It's something even forgotten occasionally on these forums.

I often think in terms of mutual respect, understanding, seeing through the eyes of the person I'm communicating with, and empathy. Dignity sums it up nicely.

So often overlooked:

If you tell me, "What you said hurt me."
If I respond simply, "That's not what I meant" (i.e. "You are wrong"), I have missed the whole point.
Regardless of what I meant, I didn't communicate effectively if I caused hurt. That can be because I was careless or insensitive with my wording, or it can mean that I trod on an individual's personal sensitivity. If it's the latter, I can take note, apologize, make an adjustment, and know how to treat that sensitivity with dignity the next time.

Thanks, G A -

- Murray

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:33 am
by Straight Arrow
Beginning to put these ideas into practice only takes a bit of effort and the outcomes are enormous.

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:36 am
by jww
Outstanding article -- thx for posting.

Interesting how so much good still can come from the golden rule, while many think it not necessary in our day and age. Going hand in hand with treating others with dignity is acting with decorum.

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:22 am
by Quarterstick
I also think it is important to be aware of the postive that surrounds us. Certainly some people act poorly and selfishly. Negative experiences can carry so much weight; e.g. a person cuts you off in traffic and it can put you in a foul mood. We are not always good at seeing the dignity that is afforded us on a daily basis.

The gentleman that helped a woman get her baby's stroller down a short flight of stairs. He was going the opposite direction when he stopped to assist.

The lady at a Starbucks I visit asks me if everything is well as I haven't been by in a while.

The young man at the McDonald's drive through that is so genuinely courteous I can't help but smile.

Sometimes it is as important to receive it as give it. :D

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:09 pm
by Aztecface
Thank You so very much.

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:39 pm
by Captain Pre-Capsize
Good stuff, the personality trait of Character comes to mind as well when reading it. Thanks for sharing (oops, had to correct a typo - accidentally typed the word “shaving” instead of sharing. Freudian slip?

Well yes, thanks for shaving too. :)