Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict

Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict

by Donna Hicks
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300163924

ISBN-13: 9780300163926

Pub. Date: 09/06/2011

Publisher: Yale University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300163926
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.16(w) x 5.86(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu....................ix
Preface....................xi
Acknowledgments....................xvii
Introduction: A New Model of Dignity....................1
ONE THE TEN ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF DIGNITY....................25
1 Acceptance of Identity....................33
2 Inclusion....................44
3 Safety....................49
4 Acknowledgment....................59
5 Recognition....................63
6 Fairness....................71
7 Benefit of the Doubt....................75
8 Understanding....................81
9 Independence....................86
10 Accountability....................89
TWO THE TEN TEMPTATIONS TO VIOLATE DIGNITY....................93
11 Taking the Bait....................98
12 Saving Face....................103
13 Shirking Responsibility....................107
14 Seeking False Dignity....................114
15 Seeking False Security....................122
16 Avoiding Conflict....................126
17 Being the Victim....................143
18 Resisting Feedback....................149
19 Blaming and Shaming Others to Deflect Your Own Guilt....................164
20 Engaging in False Intimacy and Demeaning Gossip....................170
THREE HOW TO HEAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH DIGNITY....................175
21 Reconciling with Dignity....................177
22 Dignity's Promise....................197
Notes....................201
Selected Bibliography....................211
Index....................217

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