Donna Hicks is an evangelist for dignity. In her article, “What is the Real Meaning of Dignity?” she notes that dignity is a word that few people can define: “The most common response people offer is that dignity is about respect. To the contrary, dignity is not the same as respect. Dignity is our inherent value and worth as human beings; everyone is born with it. Respect, on the other hand, is earned through one’s actions.” She reports that the recognition of dignity builds relationships and helps people resolve conflicts.
However, when Julie Clark, PhD, researched dignity for its place in health and social care models, she discovered that dignity is complex. What she found was surprising. Dignity is subjective and it is also objective.
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