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.Read more...
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."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-09-05
- Reviewer: Staff
In this well-organized, thoughtful book, Hicks presents a fascinating look at dignity—a birthright and the baseline for positive human interaction. Having spent more than two decades working with warring leaders to mend ravaged relationships, Hicks had plenty of time to put "The Dignity Model" to test. Hicks begins with 10 essential elements of dignity, touching on everything from inclusion, to safety, to acknowledgement. She cites Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu as examples of leaders who give others the benefit of the doubt naturally. Hicks then outlines 10 temptations to violate dignity, using two recent public scandals (John Edwards and Mark Sanford) to illustrate the human inclination to "save face." The book concludes with advice on healing relationships with dignity. With its accessible tone, pithy observations and lessons, and Hicks's argument that the "quest for dignity is as common in the boardroom as in the bedroom," this book is a must-read for all. (Sept.)