Esteem and Human Dignity

Dignity Donna HicksHuman dignity means that human beings are in a state of being worthy of honor or respect. We can exchange the words honor and respect with esteem.  People are worthy of esteem.  Human dignity and esteem are two expressions of the same human condition.

Human dignity is another word for intrinsic worthiness.  That means people deserve respect regardless of age, abilities or social status.

When we give esteem toward others we give it free.  Esteem is deserved not because of a specific reason but because we are human beings.

Human dignity and esteem are closely connected to each other.

Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict

Dignity Donna Hicks

Book Facts

  • Author: Donna Hicks Ph.D.
  • Foreword by Desmond Tutu
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
  • Paperback, also available as Hardcover and ebook
  • 240 pages

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.

Reader reviews

Donna did a great job with this book. As she makes perfectly clear, dignity is to human relations what oxygen is to air. Violations carry consequences, often ones that are deeply-rooted. It’s no wonder that the source of so much international conflict is linked to ‘dignity violations’. Her fascinating stories reinforce this point.

I am hugely impressed by this book because it gets at the heart of so many of the psychological blind spots and fears societies hang on to that can no longer be ignored. The book is clearly written with great real life examples. I have placed the 10 elements that define dignity or violate it on my refrigerator. I think it would be well served in all educational settings from 1st grade and beyond. It can serve as a great moral compass.

Must read by everybody. I learned what dignity means and how to honor it. I am applying in my family relationships and i found it works well. In this world of impatience, treating and seeing the other as a fellow and just and simple human being with his own spirit, is critical and essential. Actually this book will provide a healing touch to the family relationships in the minimum and extended to higher levels.

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