All human beings are endowed with dignity and worth, regardless of the perceptions of themselves or others. Having dignity and worth means having the right to be valued and afforded basic respect as an innate and inalienable right.
Signs of Optimal Health & Wellness
When human beings understand their dignity and worth, indicators of thriving include:
Ability to honor the dignity and worth of all others
Ability to make mistakes and learn and grow from them
Ability to forgive self and others
When dignity and worth are not recognized, warning signs include:
Lack of self respect
Lack of respect or forgiveness of others
Inability to see dignity and worth in others
Inability to forgive self or others
Too much self criticism
Too much criticism of others
Understanding the dignity and worth of self and others is important to our relationship with ourselves, as well as our interactions with others. When we honor our own dignity and worth, we often take better care of selves, practice self care and simultaneously are more understanding of the complexities of others. Our relationships are more genuine, and we are more easily able to forgive ourselves and others for mistakes. We also tend to believe in the ability for ourselves and others to learn and grow and become their best selves. Ask yourself: Do I love myself and care about myself, and do I forgive myself for the mistakes I’ve made? Do I easily accept and give complements to others?
Practice self affirmation, such as making a list of the things you like about yourself
When you have consistent negative thoughts about yourself or others, particularly if this includes self harm, or thoughts of harming or sabotaging others, it may be time to seek intervention.