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Dignity

The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict

  • Donna Hicks, Ph.D.; Foreword by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
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"Original, soundly grounded in scholarship, and extremely important and timely!"—Evelin Lindner, Founding President, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

"This book is a must read for those who want to experience peace in their everyday lives and peace in the world around them.  Without an understanding of dignity, there is no hope for such change.  If you want to find the weak links in a democracy, look for where people are suffering.  You will most likely see a variety of violations.  If you want peace, be sure everyone's dignity is intact."—Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"No single factor is more critical, yet more neglected, in the successful resolution of conflicts than basic human dignity. In this insightful, wise, and practical book, illustrated by powerful examples, Donna Hicks explains why dignity is so important and what we can do about it. Highly recommended!."—William Ury, co-author of Getting to Yes and author of The Third Side

"This book offers readers insightful observations, vivid illustrations, and practical strategies for anyone who wants to live a life that upholds and promotes the dignity of all people."—Linda M. Hartling, Director, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

"With lucid and persuasive scholarship, Donna Hicks discusses a topic relevant for everyone: the desire to be treated well. Dignity is a must-read."—G.A. Bradshaw, The Kerulos Center and author of Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity

"Donna Hicks presents an intriguing presentation on the power of dignity in achieving and keeping a certain degree of peace in our lives. . . . anyone who understand the importance of personal feelings and their fuel for conflict should consider Dignity as a powerful advisory and motivational guide."—The Midwest Book Review

“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

“In this well-organized, thoughtful book, Hicks presents a fascinating look at dignity—a birthright and the baseline for positive human interaction. . . . 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.”—Publishers Weekly

"Donna Hicks does not dissappoint. . . . Dignity:  so complex yet so simple. A thoroughly recommended read for all."—Ewa Kremplewska, The Psychologist

“I highly recommend the landmark and definitive book Dignity:The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict by Donna Hicks, Ph.D., to anyone seeking an alternative and fresh approach to rebuilding relationships through the mutual honoring of human dignity. This book will change forever your views of how people respond to others, and how that response will enhance and improve all conflict resolution situations.”— Wayne Hurlbert, Blog Business World

“By helping individuals and groups understand the power of dignity and to learn how to make it a way of life, this book serves as a field guide to the peace we want: peace within us, peace in our relationships, and peace in the safer and more humane world we all wish for.”— The Montreal Review

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