Definition of Self-respect: a feeling that one is behaving with honour and dignity.

Synonyms of Self-respect:
self-esteem, pride, dignity, morale, self-confidence, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs. Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail. We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.

I had no confidence or satisfaction in myself. I covered my lack of self-respect with absurd and harmful behaviors. I wanted to hide from the truth I knew – that I was behaving badly and dishonestly.

Having begun this program which restores us to sanity, we have stepped into a new realm of learning to love and respect ourselves. –One Day At A Time | More…

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. Only after we stop doing things we don’t respect can we hear and accept the goodwill of others around us.

As we learn, we continue to say no to weak behaviors, and we are released to feel greater dignity. –Touchstones | More…

Intimacy and closeness are only possible in a relationship when both people can say
what they want and need. Sometimes, we may even have to demand what we want.
That’s called setting a boundary.

We do this not to control another person, but to gain control of our life. We must value our needs and take them seriously if we expect others to take us seriously. –The Language of Letting Go/Melody Beattie | More…

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