We have talked in depth about self-acceptance and positive self-talk. We have talked about boosting self-esteem and creating boundaries to maintain when dealing with others. These are all ingredients necessary to cultivating self-respect. We’ll end our exploration of Domestic Violence with some thoughts on respecting other human individuals.
But how can you respect others?
One way is to communicate assertively and not lead people on, manipulate them, or be verbally abusive to them.
How to Show Respect
Respecting and empathizing with others goes hand-in-hand, so you will encounter some things in this section you are already familiar with. You must be authentic when you display respect to others. This means maintaining a non-judgmental, non-criticizing perspective.
Here are some ways you can do that:
Listen. Stay focused on their words, posture, and tone of voice. Listen actively. If you feel you don’t understand, ask!
Remember that everyone deserves respect, no matter their job, their income, or their way of living. Everyone is unique and we are all humans trying to live on the same planet. Respecting everyone will open opportunities that may not have otherwise been available to you and will help in your communication with others. It will also help problem solve, resolve conflicts, and build strong, fulfilling relationships.
Show more warmth and compassion towards others than you normally would. Try not to be overbearing, but going out of your way to make a kind gesture can be really satisfying.
Practice listening mindfully to everyone who speaks with you. Give them your full attention. Read over the list above.
Make room in your day for relaxing and for practicing self-awareness and breathing.
Track your anger and rate it.