We often hope other people will approve of our character, actions, and opinions. However, this can leave us with a dilemma: to what extent should we try to win respect by doing as others wish?
Feeling respected in our community gives us peace of mind: it is one of the best boosts for our confidence and our relationships with ourselves and others. But how do we present our most admirable self while being true to who we really are?
Presenting a respectable self
Social disapproval is a powerful deterrent, and all of us, to some extent, will want to maintain a public face that people accept. Psychologists refer to the process as “impression management” ...