Dignity The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict Donna Hicks, Desmond Tutu
- Publication date:
- 06 Sep 2011
- Yale University Press
- 240 pages: 210 x 140mm
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.
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Winner of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society's 2012 Educators Award
Donna Hicks, Ph.D., is an associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. During nearly two decades in the field of international conflict resolution, she has facilitated dialogue between communities in conflict all over the world and has worked as a consultant to corporations and organizations, applying the dignity model. She lives in Watertown, MA.
"Drawing notably from evolutionary psychology, William James, John Burton’s human needs approach and other theoretical frameworks, Hicks offers a very pragmatic model to help deal with all different types of conflict. A model that is simple yet quite profound; one which I will not only use in my work with clients but also one I will remember when facing conflicts in all other areas of my life. Dignity: so complex yet so simple. A thoroughly recommended read for all."—Ewa Kremplewska, The Psychologist