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WHAT IS RESPECT?

Respect is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something earned by their abilities, qualities, or achievement.

Being respected by important people in our lives, teaches us how to be respectful towards others. Respect means that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they are different from you or  you do not agree with them. Respect in your relationships builds feelings, trust ,safety and happiness.

Respect Vs. Value-

Respect Vs. Value- Respect is an attitude of consideration or to have respect for while the value is the quality(positive or negative) that judges the worth of something.

In respectful workplaces, respect contributes to job satisfaction, increases employee engagement, creates a fair environment, respect is a stress reducer. Respect improves knowledge sharing and improves the company’s bottom line.

According to Bible

According to Bible, to manifest respect is to “honor”. By reason of his being creator, God is worthy of the greatest honor from all his intelligent creatures. Such honor calls for individuals to render faithful obedience to him, obedience based on love for him and an appreciation for what he has done on their behalf. It also includes the use of one’s valuable things on behalf of true worship.

Respect in a relationship is reflected in how you treat each other on a daily basis. Even if you disagree or have an argument, you are able to respect and value each other’s opinions and feelings by fighting fair.

Respect is not about controlling someone or making them do what you want them to do. Respect is actually about the freedom to be yourself and to be loved for who you are.

Self-Respect

SELF-RESPECT: While it is important to respect others in any relationship, it is also really important to have respect for yourself. Self-respect is acceptance of yourself as a whole person.

Piaget’s Theory of Respect

 Piaget (1952, 1995) was the first to place philosophical (Kant, 1981)and psychological (Bovet, 1928) notions of respect in a developmental perspective through empirical research. For Piaget, young children’s respect evolves from a type of independent respect for parents at home to a more cognitively sophisticated and continually socialized type of mutual respect for one another in the community.

The development of children’s conception of respect results from advances of their cognitive structures and their interactions with adults and peers. These two types of respect do not exclude each other in childhood; the child can hold unilateral respect for parents and teachers while having developed mutual respect for peers. 

Respect can never be bought or demanded, it has to be earned and commanded. One of the necessary conditions to gain respect is to give respect. In today’s world, where individualism and self-interest take precedence over the community, it is very easy to envy others for their achievement and difficult to respect them for the same. In this light, the only way others are going to respect you for your achievements and for the person you are when you respect own self first.

Amrita Chakraborty, India

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