Why the need to show Respect?

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Respecting others is an attitude. This depends on what one beleives oneself to be. If one beleives in his/her intergrity then others too will appear simillarly but if one has no intergrity then the other one too will appear the same.

Respect & fear are difficult to differentiate.In an office, the juniors fear the bosses. At school we generally fear our teachers but later in life when we meet them we respect them. So you see, respecting others is simply respecting one self. It is to see one self in the other person. Without respect for others it is difficult to function in a society.

There are lots of ways of showing respect. While having respect for someone can be a feeling, we show respect through our actions and behaviours.

Here are a range of examples:

Asking to use someone else’s stuff

The way we speak to people using tone, words and body language

Accepting others rights, needs and differences as okay and legitimate

Giving others their own personal space and allowing for the level of personal space to change depending on situations and relationships

Allowing others privacy

Ensuring others can protect their modesty

Following or living within the boundaries that have been set

Maintaining others secrets that they have shared

Attentive listening when other are speaking

Responding to the concerns of others

Avoiding gossiping or putting others down

Showing interest in others about how they feel and what they think

Ensuring everyone is included rather than excluded

Keep agreements with others or living as your word

Being sensitive to thoughts and feelings of others

Working constructively to resolve problems and differences

Listening to and accepting feedback

Making changes to our behaviour if we fail to respect others

Looking after others property

Keeping the environment clean for everyone to enjoy

Respecting yourself