Viktor Sander

13 Tricks That Will Make People Respect You More

Welcome to your ultimate guide to becoming more respected by others.

I am going to present 13 powerful methods you can practice to not only improve your confidence but to make others take notice and give you the respect you’ve been searching for. With these tips, you’ll be able to:

  • Gain more respect from your friends and peers
  • Command respect in your workplace
  • Become more respected in school or college
  • Find ways to respect yourself more
  • Have the confidence to make long-lasting changes in your life

As you can see by the comments on this article, the methods listed here are powerful. You shouldn’t try to take on all 13 at once but instead focus on a single method first. Once you’re comfortable with that new skill, you move on and try another method if you’d like. If you can improve in just one of these areas, you will notice significant changes in how people treat you and how you view yourself.


How to be more respected by others

1. Increase your self-respect to as a secondary effect become more respected by others

If you’d like others to view you in a certain light, you’ll need to see yourself in that way first.

Before we can focus on tips on how to make others respect you, we first need to look at self-respect and what effect that has on how others perceive you. (Hint: Self-respect is the foundation of all forms of respect.)

Self-respect is defined as “pride and confidence in oneself”. If you’d like others to view you in a certain light, you’ll need to see yourself in that way first. Self-respect is all about a belief in yourself and what you can do and is not dependent on how others view you.

If you’d like to be seen as an authority at work, you’ll want to first see yourself as an authority figure. If you want your family to be less critical and trust you more, you’ll have to trust yourself first. The way that you see yourself will determine how others see you, too.

One professor at Harvard says, “with self-respect, we like ourselves because of who we are and not because of what we can or cannot do. Self-respect… is a given.”

One way to respect yourself more is to build up your confidence. Before going into any of the exercises below, you’ll need to have enough confidence in yourself to put one of the exercises into place. The more confident you are, the more convincing you’ll be to others.

Once you establish a basis of self-respect and have the confidence to make a few changes in your own life, you can begin making changes with the intention of being more respected by others. Here are some ways to gain respect from your friends, family, colleagues, and strangers in your life:

2. It’s unintuitive, but admitting when you’re wrong actually make people respect you more

Fredrik was one of my best friends while in college and we made it a habit to study together in a group after class along with some of our other classmates. Whenever he was wrong about anything whatsoever, he immediately said: “You’re right. I agree.” The remarkable part? He really meant it, too. You could hear the sincerity in his voice.

I was so humbled and impressed by his ability to accept his mistakes and move on from them.

Whenever he spoke, everyone listened. From my point of view, he was the most respected person in our group of friends because of his ability to see his own shortcomings. For this and many other reasons, he was the most humble and mature of us all, by far. I learned a lot from him and I still deeply respect him.

It wasn’t until later that I realized exactly why I admire Fredrik so much. According to Elliot Aronson from the University of Santa Cruz, people are hardwired to go to incredible lengths to prove that they are right, even when they are clearly not.

The two-factor theory of emotion shows that when people were injected with a drug and weren’t told about the side effects beforehand, they made up reasons as to why their palms were sweaty. Even if people have no idea what’s happening to them, they have the tendency to come up with reasons to justify their actions, even if those reasons are completely wrong and have no real life basis.

Chances are if you’ve realized you’re wrong, someone else has realized it too. It takes courage and strength to admit that you made a mistake, especially if you’re in a position of power. Being humble and admitting fault shows the strength of your character, and is a trait that many great leaders (especially in business) have. Fredrik knew that admitting fault was more honorable than justifying something that’s incorrect, and he gained the respect of all of his peers for it.

3. Calibrate how often you apologize to avoid over-apologizing

Have you ever been to a crowded concert and had someone accidentally spill their drink on you? Out of pure habit, you utter an “I’m sorry”, even though you clearly did nothing wrong and are now covered in margarita.

Over-apologizing is a sign that you’re a more submissive rather than a dominant person. If you want to gain respect from others, you’ll need to save your apologies for the times that you’re actually sorry (such as when you’re the person that accidentally spills your margarita on a perfect stranger).

One way to stop saying “I’m sorry” is to replace the phrase with a simple “thank you”. When you say thank you instead of I’m sorry, you’re changing the entire dynamic of the conversation and how the other person will perceive you. Thank you shows appreciation for the other person for their time and switches your mindset from an apologetic one to one of gratitude. The other person will also appreciate not needing to reassure you that you’ve done nothing wrong, too.

Don’t apologize for your mere presence, for stating your opinion, or for disagreeing. You don’t need to apologize if you don’t want to do something, either. Your opinions and presence matter, which means that apologies are not necessary for just being around. By not “sorry-ing” your way through a conversation, you’ll be more respected.

4. Present yourself respectably

You’ll want to dress appropriately according to the situation that you’re in. Clean, well-fitting clothes go a long way when making a good impression on others. While you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) blow through your bank account to do this, it’s important to dress the part.

Clothing not only affects the way that others view you, it affects the way that you view yourself in certain situations. Researchers from Northwestern University coined the term “enclothed cognition” (1), which describes how the clothing that you wear actually changes the way you view yourself. In the study, participants that were wearing lab coats viewed themselves as more careful and attentive than participants that weren’t wearing a lab coat. There was nothing different between the groups of participants other than the clothing they were wearing.

In the book Mind What You Wear: The Psychology of Fashion (2), it’s also been shown that you may adopt characteristics of the clothing that you’re wearing subconsciously. For example, if you’re wearing a suit, you may feel more confident in the same situation than if you were wearing a simple button down.

Overall, these studies show that if you start wearing clothes that are more professional rather than sloppy, you’ll feel more confident. When you feel more confident, others will see your confidence and begin to see you in a position of someone they will respect.

One way to start this process is to practice improving your grooming habits. Make sure you smell great, and that you take special care of your hair, teeth, and nails. Even if this means changing your shampoo to one that you like more than your current one, that’s enough of an improvement for others to start noticing changes. Once you perfect the fundamentals, you can focus on tailoring your clothes and making larger (and more expensive) changes.

I know what you’re thinking: Yes, the world is an incredibly superficial one. No, you shouldn’t need to change the way you present yourself to gain respect. Even though this shouldn’t be something you need to do, making small tweaks will help you increase your own confidence, which means any changes you make will be personally worth it in the long run.

5. Don’t let your negative emotions get the best of you

To earn respect, you absolutely must practice remaining calm and collected in public, regardless of the situation. We’ll all be faced with incredibly difficult situations at times that any person would naturally have an outburst during. If you lose your cool and allow emotions to take over, it can influence the way others view and respect you.

If you happen to accidentally curse out a coworker, be sure to follow our first step and make sure that you admit that you were wrong for losing your cool. Taking out your frustrations in private is an effective way to let your emotions out without lessening the respect that others feel for you.

If you feel that you struggle with keeping calm, here are some tips from our guide how to be a more outgoing person that will help you keep your negative emotions under control:

  • You shouldn’t react emotionally when you are in a discussion or an argument. A well-respected person can keep their cool when others cannot when faced with the same task. While another person may raise their voice to accuse you of something, you should respond in a calm manner. When you effectively respond to people that are hot-tempered, you can diffuse an intense situation and earn the respect of others as a byproduct.
  • You should also remain calm when placed in tense situations. For example, let’s say your work environment is incredibly stressful and it’s starting to get to you. Given this environment, it would be easy for you to lose your cool when your coworker asks you the same question for the 40th time. However, if you maintain a level head by speaking in a soothing voice and not allowing the negative to take over, you show command over the situation. This can attract others to you because they’ll see you as an office leader rather than someone they’ll want to avoid

6. Show that you are a leader

People will naturally listen to and follow others whom they respect or hold in high regard. With this in mind, having the characteristics of a leader will make it easier for you to earn the respect of others. Here are some qualities that great leaders have:

You possess great communication skills

Great communication skills mean you have the innate ability to speak to others on a wide variety of topics. Even more important than being able to keep up a conversation, you are able to engage the listener with only your words.

To accomplish this, you should refrain from telling dirty jokes and using language that includes cuss words or yelling. Instead, you’ll want to come off as warm, friendly, and speak with knowledge on the conversation topic (even if you don’t actually know much about the topic at hand).

Leaders also don’t speak with uncertainty by using filler words like “uhm” and “erhm”. Filler words distract the listener and can take away from the point that you’re making in your conversation or presentation. Avoiding fillers is a process that takes practice and a lot of self-evaluation, so you uhm, shouldn’t be like discouraged if you don’t, uhh, nail eliminating fillers at first.

Speaking of fillers, great leaders also don’t try to end awkward silences with filler material. They are confident no matter what the situation entails and are experts at embracing silence. Since silence makes less confident individuals nervous, this is a tell-tale sign of a leader.

Your body language commands respect

To be seen as a leader, you’ll want to stand tall when you walk, establish confident eye contact with those you speak to, and maintain a steady voice throughout your conversations. Conversely, if you speak timidly with your shoulders huddled and you have a habit of talking to your shoes, people will not see you as a very confident person.

It is much harder for people to have confidence in you if you don’t show outwardly that you have confidence in yourself. (I reiterate, self-respect is important before gaining respect from others.)

To practice your communication skills and body language, you can tell a trusted friend that you’re working on improving your confidence, and they can give you feedback on how you’re doing and what they see that you can improve on. Having someone other than yourself give you critiques can give you insight on how you’re viewed, which can let you know what you should focus on improving.

Overall, leaders exhibit these skills naturally. This means they don’t try to act confident, they just are. If that seems a bit discouraging, don’t worry. Even the best of leaders have worked on improving their posture and communication skills for years, which means that you can also seem as confident as they are with a bit of intentional practice.

Being more like a leader took me years to master. When I started taking the time to speak to others with the task of improving my communication skills, I was amazed at how much confidence I gained from just practicing. As I got better at seeing myself as a leader, I noticed that my friends would increasingly ask for my feedback when they needed help. Even if you have to take baby steps to improve your communication skills, doing as something as small as watching yourself in the mirror while speaking is a good first step towards gaining confidence.

7. You are a problem solver

One of the best ways to earn the respect of your peers is to master the art of problem-solving. When you become skilled at solving problems, people will start to look to you for advice and start seeing you as an authority figure. When you’re the one others go to for help, that means they are actively seeking out what you have to say to help them; that’s a sure-fire sign you’re respected.

Here is a guide to help you master your problem-solving skills:

  • You don’t react negatively or emotionally to problems. (See step 5 for more detail above.) For example, let’s say you’re on a trip with a group of coworkers and your hotel doesn’t have your reservations on file. Certainly, this would be a pretty frustrating problem. If this were to happen, you wouldn’t want to complain about the problem to the bearer of bad news since it’s not their fault. Instead, you’d keep your cool and fix your reservations in the best way possible.
  • You address the problem head-on. In our hotel example, one solution could be to show the attendant your work’s travel itinerary and ask them if there are any openings available. Another solution could be to call whoever made the arrangements to see if they have receipts for the deposits. Your goal is to find actionable steps to solve your problems instead of complaining to the void about it.
  • You are diplomatic in your responses. Even if the attendant in our example is rude or unhelpful, you take the high road. You treat them with respect and you work together to find a solution, despite any snarky comments made. By doing this, you show your coworkers you are in total control of the situation, which can show them you’re a leader that gets the job done.

8. Earn respect by giving it

As you develop confidence, it’s important that you remain humble. Remember what I said about Fredrik in our first tip? Part of the reason that he was so well respected was that he knew when to step back humbly and admit his faults.

Arrogance does show confidence but in the least attractive of ways. Instead, you’ll want to treat others with kindness. The golden rule applies here: respect others the way you want to be respected.

When you treat others with respect, people will notice and appreciate the kindness you show and will hopefully respond in kind. While you won’t be able to please everyone all of the time, being nice will gain respect from some of your peers.

Of course, you still need to keep clear boundaries when people are disrespectful. The trick to doing this is to remain assertive while not crossing the boundary to aggressive. Aggressive individuals often don’t get their point across well and often feel isolated from others. You’ll want to learn how to assert yourself in a disagreement while keeping calm, remaining respectful, and understanding the other person’s point of view to come up with a solution to the problem (like you learned in step 7).

9. Keep your word

The easiest way to lose respect is to say you’ll do something and don’t follow through on your promises. If you want to earn respect, you must show that you are dependable and that people can count on you to help them when they need it.

When you commit to meetings or obligations, you’ll want to be sure that you follow through on them. When you become someone that others can count on, people will see you as a problem solver (see 7) and will, therefore, view you as a leader (see 6). Keeping to your word will show others that they can trust you enough to help them, which earns respect.

10. Set clear boundaries

What happens if people take your kindness and compassion for granted? What do you do when someone disrespects you and questions your authority? What about if someone is rude or mean towards you or someone else? These situations and patterns show up when you may need to further clarify the boundaries and the relationships between you and others.

So, how does one go about setting boundaries? You’ll want to follow these tips:

  1. Identify and define your boundary in the relevant situation.
  2. Use non-emotional language to tell the other person they stepped over your boundary. “When you do X, I feel Y, can you do Z instead?”
  3. Listen to their point of view.

For example, let’s say you asked someone a question and they rudely and unexpectedly say “F*** off”. Well, obviously that’s not the response that you were expecting. So, what do you do? First, you’ll want to ask yourself, is this something I’m willing to accept? If the answer is no, go on and courteously tell them what they did wasn’t ok. Remember to keep your calm (see 5 above).

The most effective way to set a boundary in a situation like this is to say something along the lines of: “When you say that to me, it makes me feel disrespected. Can you please answer my question seriously instead?” Then, you’d listen to their response and see if you can come to an understanding.

The kind of communication employed in the situation above is called “I messages” or “I statements”. When making an “I statement”, you’re focusing on your values and beliefs instead of focusing on the other person’s faults. These messages are used to make the other person know you’re being assertive without making them feel like they need to be on the defensive. These statements work incredibly well when giving constructive criticism or in dispute resolution, so I highly recommend practicing making these kinds of statements.

But what should you do if the other person still doesn’t listen?

If you have some sort of relationship with the other person that isn’t listening, using “I statements” should work well in getting respect from the other person. As long as you both value the relationship between you in some way and you aim to have a functional relationship together, they will probably listen sooner or later.

However, the other person may not be interested in having a healthy relationship with you (like our random margarita stranger). The method of using “I statements” is more of a throw of the dice in that case. When in chance situations, they may listen, they may not. If they don’t have any desire to listen, it’s more than okay to simply walk away instead of losing your cool.

Common mistakes made when trying to get respect

11. Showing you’re smarter than others

Being smarter than others is genuinely not a problem if you know more about a certain topic or if you have experience in a field as long as you’re respectful of the other person. There will be times that you actually do know more about a certain topic, so this situation is entirely unavoidable.

The difference between knowing something and blatantly showing off to others is a fine line that is important to make sure you don’t cross when gaining respect. If you go out of your way to simply correct others or endlessly lecture them on a certain topic, you may be seen as having an underlying insecurity or you think that you’re just better than others.

If you’re showing off your knowledge with the sole intention of making others respect you, you’re not sharing your knowledge with pure intentions. You’ll want to share what you know in a respectful way that doesn’t insult the other person’s ego or belittle them in any way.

Have you ever respected someone for talking down to you because you didn’t know something obscure that they did? Neither have I. If you’re not intentional about the way you convey information, being a showoff is such an easy trap to fall into. It’s natural to think that if we prove how smart we are, people will like and respect us, however, It’s important to remember how we share information is just as important as what we’re sharing.

12. Showing you’re richer or have something others don’t

If you’re fortunate enough to be wealthier than others, showing it off is not an effective way to gain respect from others. If you flaunt your wealth to impress, you may end up actually sending the wrong message to who you’re wanting respect from.

Studies conducted by University of California at Berkeley show that if you think you’re in a higher social class than someone else, you’ll tend to show less empathy towards other people. The studies also show that if you’re the person with less money, you’ll also view the richer person as having less empathy. The stereotype that richer people have little empathy may not be true in real life, but studies show that the stereotype that richer people may not be as in touch with others’ feelings does have a scientific basis.

Studies by professors at the University of Michigan (3) also show that those who are perceived to have more wealth may act more unethically than others who don’t have wealth. In their studies, those who were told they were wealthy were more likely to lie, make unethical decisions, and take valued possessions from others. That doesn’t sound like a promising way to make your friends respect you.

One way to gain respect through your wealth is by being generous with your money and breaking the greed stereotype. You could buy your friends or coworkers a nice treat from time to time, but you must be careful of making a habit out of paying for stuff. You’ll want to be seen as generous, not as an ATM.

You want your peers to value and respect you for your opinions, not your assets. The same concept that we talked about above in tip 11 applies here. You may have more money, but you don’t want to make others feel less than you because they don’t. Hurting the other person’s ego and belittling them is a huge faux pas.

13. When getting respect takes a turn for the worst

We hope that this section doesn’t apply to you, but if it does, we’re here to talk you through it. If you’ve gained respect in the past by using tactics like:

  • Trying to intimidate people.
  • Making fun of others
  • Teasing someone too much
  • Belittling others
  • Being mean

you may have gained some “respect” for the moment but at the cost of your lasting relationships with those people. Gaining respect in the long term is about building a relationship between two individuals; it’s not about making another person fear you enough to be your friend.

There have been hundreds of studies conducted on the psychology of bullying. Though there are a variety of reasons that bullies become one, the general idea of why bullies bully is to make others fear them in order to bring them the respect they’re looking for.

When you use tactics like the ones bulleted above to make people respect you, the reality is that people will try to avoid you at any cost. These behaviors make people feel bad about themselves, so why would anyone want to be close to someone who makes them feel scared and insecure?

If you want people to respect you and like you, you need to make them feel good about themselves when they are with you. Support and encourage your friends, protect and stand up for them, use words that will build a culture of respect for you. Recognizing that respect is a two-way street is how you forge deep, lasting relationships with people.

How respect affects different areas of your life

You can get superhero levels of respect by implementing just a few of our tips above. There’s no magic involved (unless hard work and introspection count as magic nowadays). Gaining respect all comes down to the fundamental principles we’ve already outlined.

If you need just a bit more motivation, here are some of the ways that respect can influence the relationships you already have in your life:

Respect can make you happier than money:

Making enough money to make ends meet is obviously still important, but as long as you’re a contributing and respected member of your group, you can feel happier than someone with much more money than you have. In one experiment (4), participants experienced greater happiness when they were respected and admired than if they had a perceived higher socioeconomic status.

Respect can reduce your fear of rejection:

If you’re more respected by your friends and work colleagues, you’ll have an increased self-esteem and will feel less like an outcast (5) in general. You’ll feel less scared when it comes to voicing your opinion, which will subdue your fear of rejection overall.

Respect can increase your confidence:

At the start of the article, it was mentioned that if you increase your confidence, you’ll have more self-respect. The opposite is true, too: If you gain more respect from others, your confidence will also increase. Upkeeping your appearance, improving the way you talk, and learning how to stand tall are all things that you can do in order to gain respect from others. If you’re more confident in areas like this, your stress around people will decrease overall, leaving you with even more confidence to talk to new people and establish new relationships.

What if your friends don’t take you seriously or don’t listen to you?

Of course, changing your habits is much easier said than done. Even with the steps above, the people already in your life may still not take your changes seriously. In that case, what do you do? The above principles are powerful, but depending on your situation, you may need to do something more drastic to break the pattern.

Sometimes we can get “stuck” in a role that we don’t want to be in. Especially in a well established social circle of friends, it can be hard to break out of the role you’ve had for years. In my opinion, the most important principle is to learn how to set clear boundaries (see tactic 9 above). If you’re being mocked, this guide has strategies to help you cope with teasing from your friends.

Ultimately, earning respect starts with your view of yourself. Once you gain a foundation of self-respect, you can start focusing on improving your leadership qualities to gain respect from others. Respect is all about the relationship between you and the others and making sure the relationship is an equally satisfying one. You’ll need to be willing to earn respect by being kind to others and by being dependable when they need you. When you develop these qualities, you’re sure to naturally and effortlessly earn the respect of others.

What are my next steps?

Your first task is to identify why you’re wanting to gain more respect from others and how you can increase your own self-respect before focusing on what others think.

Next, you’ll want to choose one or two tips from our list to focus on to gain more respect from others. Practice, practice, and practice some more.

Leave a comment now letting us know what tip you’re going to work on improving and why you think it will work for you. If you see someone that has a problem you overcame in the past, lend them a helping hand and give them a bit of advice on how you worked through it. SocialPro is here to help, so if you have any concerns or hesitations whatsoever (and we mean whatsoever), don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know how we can better help you.



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Comments (80)

  1. Maryam

    im a 16 year old girl. ive been so “out there” i used be so shy, i dont want so much people to know me. ive let people walk all over me like a door mat. especially guys. the thing is everyone knows me as an easy going girl. i came to school one day and i was a totally different person. nobody took me seriously. when i say “no” they would drag me by the arm and make me do what they want me to do. i want to be strong. independent. i wanna be me… my true self. deep down i know i do things that shouldn’t have happened. deep down i know i can do better. instead i just say “yes”. i want people to know im not the girl like before. people think im a dumb person because i was always acting dumb. but actually im way smarter than they think. im done with people disrespecting me. im done. what should i do. please lol im desperate here for advice.


      Just keep doing what is right, do what you have read in the article above and practice it. Even though your friends don’t see you as you want them to see you now, trust me, they will do that later.

  2. Josphat Kasaine

    Thank you very much. This has given me a guide on how to earn self respect and also to change how others persive me. I accept the great challenge to build and maintain respect for myself and others.

  3. Dhyani

    I even have a problem of my friends..I m a 1st year BDS student..and frnds I have got… Are nice they re good..but they don’t respect me..always ignore me…never listen to my talks…always make fun of me…behind me…i get very much frustrated.! Help me to get out.. I want to make others respect me !

    • Mavis

      First, and I mean no disrespect with this, learn how to communicate by using proper English and grammar, and use complete sentences, not phrases separated by “…”. This method of communication is difficult to read and tends to make others not take you seriously.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think she is here for English lessons. ..just some advice….I’m sure you managed to understand her..well done to her for trying to speak an additional language! reason for any negativity

    • Anonymous

      It’s not that your disrespectful,it’s your friend that have no respect for themselves. It’s not healthy to be in that kind of relationship for too long, you will doubt yourself and lose your self confidence. I know its not easy but try to find a new friend who will respect you but you have to respect yourself first and also don’t be scared to spend some time alone. Be your own best friend and respect yourself so others will respect you.

    • Carmell 30000

      There not your real friends. You said they ignore you and won’t listen to what you have to say, well then there not true friends. True friends would never talk about you behind your back and would listen to you when you need someone to rely on.

  4. Karen

    I genuinely do no. 1 with my teenagers and my son has told me that it makes it easier for him to forgive me when I own my shit. My kids know they can openly talk to me and call me on my shit too. The only drawback is, I need to practice on not reacting emotionally. I have hard time with that one.

    One little side note to the author: on #10, the last paragraph is repeated from the one before it. Just letting you know of the typo. 🙂

  5. Lauren

    Thank you for sharing this kind of tricks. I wish it will work on me.

    • David Morin

      Which one would you like to become better at? Choose one and focus on improving it!

  6. Unipec

    I Like This Article Very Well. Once One Is Practising, One Is Hopeful Of Perfection. This Article Is Helpful. My Advice Is That People Should Try All Possible Ways To Be Respected In The Society.

  7. Anonymous

    Sorry but this article is NOT true.
    You canNOT control if someone respects you.

    You can only live your life, and try your best to be a good person, and pray to God. If someone respects you is NOT in your control. You canNOT control that.
    How do you control someone else’s behavior??? This is impossible.

    You do everything correct and sometimes people will disrespect you more. Why? Because of envy and jealousy. Respect is not something you can “earn”. It’s a big lie.

    • Viktor Sander

      I disagree.

      For example, there was a user who wrote a mean-spirited comment to another user on this blog (which I deleted). That behavior made me lose respect for them.

      How you decide to live your life and treat others will affect what you get back. Not always, but most often.

    • John Raymond

      I disagree
      You can control how others view you.
      The way you respect your pastor and a theif are not the same.
      Because of their behaviour, you view them differently.
      If your pastor becomes a theif you’ll no longer respect him.
      So this is a great article.
      Thanks for writing

    • Anonymous

      That means you just lied to yourself
      Tell me, how can you change a fighter into a calm person if you fight back at every little thing they do? Tell me how you calm you partner down when they are wrong and believe they are right to tell them they are wrong by forcefully imposing the truth in them? If you can answer this questions correctly, then you can answer if you can or cannot cause people to respect you. Thanks

      • Anonymous

        That’s when you walk away from those kinds of people. If you respect yourself and assert yourself and someone still doesn’t respect you, they aren’t worth your time anyway. There’s plenty of other people who are decent enough to show you respect.

    • Dee

      To Anonymous, THANK YOU!!! That is sooooo true. You can’t make someone respect you even if you’ve done everything on this list. I know; tried every one on this list and still get disrespected.

    • Charlie

      This last comment illustrates the need for reasoned thought and emotional calmness. To enforce their opinion they capitalized “NOT.” Was this is ensure that this word was not missed, or to blast an opinion as something that could not be challenged.

      I suspect same people will make many mistakes in life and assume the whole world is wrong. As we grow and learn emotionally we learn the whole word is often nothing more than the mirror we see of ourselves.

      Bullying the innocent and truly bad people do exist.

      However, we need to recognize the difference between the honest feedback from others from the ignorance of a few.

    • Anonymous

      Well said

    • Argus Skyhawk

      You cannot FORCE anyone to respect you, but you can behave in ways that make people more likely to respect you. That is what this fine article is about.

  8. Rosina

    This is a great article. You’re right, trying to change everything at the same time is too much to deal with, so going through it step by step is a great solution. In my opinion it all comes down to self-respect as a starting point and people who genuinely believe in your success and support you regardless of your flaws.

  9. Anonymous

    Don’t do things to devalue your authenticity e.g. Don’t do stupid things on social media, or devalue someone else opinion and believes just because they are not the same as your own. Keep high morals and avoid making mistakes in the sense of morals .Be an inspiration towards others instead of the guy who nobody wants to be associated with because of his poor life decisions.

    • Viktor Sander

      I like that, integrity! Maybe I should add one more principle to explain that in more depth and how you can increase your integrity?

      • Geneva

        I would say integrity is one of the fundamental qualities that people respect you for. Even if you’re not the nicest, if you always do the right thing, people will respect you 100% even if they don’t like you.

    • Teabag

      I found this very helpful. You tend to get disrespect from society when you hold strong convictions on subjects that differ from the rest.

  10. Sneha

    No one take me seriously just because i crack jokes evry time the reason is I dose’nt want to create tense situtation but no one understand my veiw not family nor my friend respect me for them i m nothing more then a joke so pls tell how should i deal with it

    • Prabhu

      Sneha,I also faced the same situation but slowly after introspection I understood where I went wrong.Nowdays I have started giving back to people who make incessant fun and don’t take it seriously and I practice with the choice of words where it will hurt them so that they realise.i practice this in the bathroom while taking shower imagining they are in font of me .This has worked out for me for sure.I wish you all the luck in developing your personality.

      Please note that I am also developing but it is a tip I am sharing with you based on my realization and how I coped with the situation

      Let me now if I can be of any help to you

    • pinna

      try to repect your self

  11. Anonymous

    hi.. I think I’ve lost my respect because majority of the times I’m joking around even in serious occasions and that is solely because I have that jolly personality … like I want to overcome this habit nut unintentionally I crack a joke… also I’ve noticed I am a chatter box and tend to be easily share my thoughts with strangers whom I’ve just met .. like I fail to keep a distance also I’m not committed to my words sometimes I’m a student female… I also think some no many people get jealous of me either from my appearance or what … I don’t get some people like some of them I’ve never talked or so also tend to dislike me. I was once very confident but after getting into university my confidence level has dropped too … this article is good and I really would like to follow it

    • Viktor Sander

      Thanks for sharing! Glad you liked the article, I recommend you start with one principle and focus on that to start. With your self-insight, I think you can improve a lot!

  12. Chris

    The article is good but unfortunately no one lives up to those standards. We are all humans,full of flaws and idiosyncrasies. I think good people try their best to follow the examples mentioned, but inevitably we all fail sooner or later. For example, I think most people want to stay cool, calm and collective during an argument but unfortunately things happen that sometimes we ourselves can’t control. We are not robots. I respect people not solely based on the qualities mentioned, but on what is in their heart, mind and most importantly, honesty and if they have good morals.

    • Viktor Sander

      I agree Chris, we can never be perfect and neither should we expect perfection from others. That’s why at the start of the article I wrote about how you can choose just one principle that you resonate with to focus on, that way it gets more manageable and realistic.

      • Vincent

        While this is a very good article, I tend to agree with Chris. Even born leaders have sometimes lost their cool. The question is “how often do you lose your cool”?

        I happens to be someone people always look up to. I am not the alpha male but people want to see me as such. I have a carriage that makes people curious about me. They want to know what is behind my confidence. And many times people have made several attempts to even see the size of my dick. They have done this sometimes by directly touching me inappropriately at my groin or they follow me to the watch room to look at my dick while I am having a pee. Also, in order to get my attention, some have intentionally belittle me, make fun of me, slight me purposely, use derogatory remarks etc. Unfortunately, that is where I had failed because I lose my cool most times. And you will not blame me given that I am constantly under scrutiny and barrage of verbal attacks.

        While I exhibited most of the qualities mentioned above, I always fail in point 4 (Allowing my emotions to get the best of me). Although, I am conscious of the fact that I should not raise my voice in an argument but I often do not know when I drift apart and lose it with bitter exchange of words.

        The more embarrassing situation happened recently when I had a quarrel with a seemingly insignificant, uneducated and socially unexposed girl that is half my age. To be honest, I lost respect from two or three of my neighbours but because I still have the respect from a large spectrum of my community, I did not feel the impact of the loss of respect. But, I hurt my ego with the incident. In my opinion, the incident was a turning point for me to manage point 4. I learnt a lesson in a bitter way. However, as the saying goes “No pains, No gain” because, ever since the incident, I am more efficient in keeping my cool. I have come to realize that people purposely want to provoke and insult me because of the following reasons:

        They either want to be in my circle of acquaintances and they are not making any head way
        They pale in comparisons with my social status
        They feel I get too much respect from the community
        People always talk good of me and they want to look for means to belittle me publicly
        They hate my guts
        I tend to mine my business all the time and that infuriates them
        They are looking for means to make me loose my ego and carriage

        In any case, I am better equipped now in managing my emotions since I came to the realization that people consider me a person of class and as such many want to intentionally talk negatively of me just to bring me down. I no longer give them the room by responding to their insult or derogatory remarks.

        Thank you very much for this article because it has helped me to see myself.

      • Tina

        How do u deal with a borderline overstepping mother? I’ve tried everything and feel I’m the only one to deal with this. She is my main stressor. Extremely controlling and at times delusional . does nothing but try to make everyone feel guilty

        • Viktor Sander

          So sorry to hear about that Tina. Dealing with mentally ill people is a very tough issue. I think this forum might be of help:

          It’s a gathering place for other people in similar situations as you, I think just reading about others problems can help you get perspective on your situation. That will hopefully give you clarity on how to move on.

          You have my best wishes!

    • Anonymous

      Good article. No we cannot control how others feel about us.
      But we can affect how others feel about us. If we respect ourselves, and show respect to others, over time, that gets conveyed…… this article gave good pointers as to how to not overreact and how to come from a place of integrity, no matter what is coming at us. Then there are those who out of habitual behavior, will never show us respect. And its best to recognize that, not take it personally, and go on being an ‘example’ of integrity, yes making mistakes also. And saying ‘sorry I was wrong’.

  13. jenny

    Such a nice article i loved And will follow too.

    • Viktor Sander

      Thank you Jenny! Anything more you would like us to write about on the subject?

  14. Anonymous

    can we ask questions here? plzzzzz

  15. Sachin Awasthy

    This is an amazing article…

  16. Amera

    I lost respect frm a friend(a boy) and I’m a girl and its been awhile since we spoke…i actually bought something for him as a borthday gift,should i give it to him,npw dat we dont talk anymore?

    • Anonymous

      Amera jist don’t talk to your boy frnd for 3days or 1week…….After he will respect you.Boys always think about girls when they are trying to leave……..

  17. styve mogash

    thnkx 4 your words

  18. Anonymous

    I am 12 and I am new at school.I hang around with my one year older friend and her buddies.sometimes some of them hit me 4 no reason what should I do please help😖😖.

    • Anonymous

      Try to act smarter and always don’t let them scare you

    • Anonymous

      Tell to your teacher or parents

    • Anonymous

      Hit them back. Don’t laugh with them when they laugh at you. Keep a straight face instead.

    • Anonymous

      Find different friends immediately. One second more of time spent around them conveys you are willing to accept their behavior. Treat them as if they are a gray rock on the side of the road by passing them by and ignoring their existence. They want to get a reaction out of you. You can tell your older friend it was nice knowing her but you don’t play that way. If the harassment continues, immediately tell your parents and teacher.

    • Aimee Seek

      Hit them back very hard and tell her to get off of you if she starts violence with you first. Otherwise, you have no reason to fear anyone.

  19. shy boy

    if someone is really shy man then what should he do to improve.Let me explain i am a student and I want to get respect from others and I know that I am smarter than other but actually when some girls or lady teacher saw me then i can’t make eye contact i don’t know what happen to me please help me …


    Nyusi Elvis
    Its actually a nice one and its has help me

  21. Anonymous

    To treasure your integrity more than gold even being called selfish.
    Respect others even they do not like you.
    Keep a proper disctence from thoese who do not care about your integrity.

  22. Anonymous

    Integrity needs to be maintained and protected, which sounds to be selfish sometimes. Repsect other even though they might not respect you.It is very necessary to keep a proper disctence from certian types of people with no dudgement.

  23. PPK

    nice, I struggle with integrity and challenge myself on body language. Thanks

  24. Anonymous

    Thank for all your words

  25. Pratyus

    Useful to me and proper use of good topics and related to the most important thing in life. Everyone should see this I will share this webpage to everyone.

  26. Sayan

    Easily one of the best articles, the problem comes in applying these with the loved ones; how do you set boundaries with them?


    Mr.David it was really wonderful in going through your lines.Actually i don’t know whether this reply will be read by u personally. But i feel that these r one of the most important lines that I have gone through in my life…. I have started to practice them from today itself and I’m confident that these will work…
    But do u think these would work against people who intend to show u inferior.
    I mean I’m 18 years old and my relatives try to prove everything i do as wrong … will these tips help me sir..or do u have something in stock for that tooo…
    I’m expecting to hear from u people..

  28. Im relatively a good nured person and base my life strict on respect and character. Im a big giver by heart wanting nothing back. I tend to find people take me for granted and can bé nasty to me for no reasons and I dont like it sometimes I ignore other times I talk against it to let them seem the disadvantages of it. Im always undermind inspite of my achievements and great associations by people who have and are far less than me. People dont take me seriously yet I do for the benefit of me growth. I like to evaluate myself for growth and for me to bé a better person. I dont conflict and compromise good ethics but I tend to bé. Hurt by people so often, get into ugly arguments that are not even constructive and most time common with vulgar and when vulgar and slander to me I could retaliate in the same way shutting everyone off and its when they still and I hateeeeeee this I dont want to bé defensive in this way in fact not at all I understand that life is not a bed of roses but if in a dispute let it bé respectful hence I remove myself from such people. I tend to dislike people who treat me bad for a while and then forgive but dont go down that road again. I also love people but kind and respectful people who treat me well. I prefer animals and nature to rude people. Im a Christian and believe in what the word teaches and I aspire to bé that hence I constantly check myself and make changes for me not people. I hate it when I get dragged or treated rudely when I dont give to people this and when its too much I retakiate. I also try to make myself. Clear but not heard. Most times its from family, neighbours, workplace, seldom on the street. I dont have friends but associates of profound interest and this behaviour is not good for my image. Im hurting. When Im in a place and around people I aspire to bé and amb as myself Im fine and come out refreshed and get emotional that people are good just some and I question why are they nasty when life can bé good. I dont compromise character and I hold mine high and when compromised I make it know, first calm and when they go on either I walk away dont talk again or if pushed depending how far I can lash out. And its most times and I hate it. Its hurting me I dont want double standards in my life. So yes even my 16 year old does not listen instead when corrected he will same thing for public audience and when people do things and I indicate I dont like they say who you when you beaten by you son and even my mom and sibblings do this to me. Currently Im in a legal dispute because of domestic violence living in a volatile community and I hate the lifestyle here. Imoved after termination of contract back to family home and its hell for me struggling.from the eloquent life I lived. I take care of kids by goodwill and yet their father long story does not confide and communicate with me but his daughter least support them. Basically Im in a messy environment. Please help me to change. Im also going for psychlogy treatment no meds as yet. Thank you

  29. Anonymous

    M…xo dope..its fascinatinq..real words..buh fuck u all dat commented to hell with u guys…foolish words

  30. Yudish sharma

    It was very useful for me

  31. Anonymous

    Good tips, thanks!

  32. Paul Symonds

    Respect is most often earned through fear and intimidation. We are but animals, we homo sapiens, and as such are drawn to the bold and daring. Be the Alpha, exhibit the traits of dominance, and you WILL be respected. Respect is not given, it is not earned…..IT IS DEMANDED AND TAKEN!!!

    • Anonymous

      Paul, I think you are right. You are speaking as a realist.

    • Chris

      That is not respect but fear. Two different things.

    • Anonymous

      Paul. You are welcome to your opinion. But what you will get in the end, with that attitude, is not genuine respect.
      You will be viewed as someone to just stay away from.
      Fear and intimidation belongs in tyrannical societies , not in democracies like the United of States.

  33. zenita

    i think respect goes with trust.

  34. Adnan Qureshi

    i m a student all my classmates respected me till last year but now all of them are making me shameful and are critisising mee what should i do to gain my respect

    • Anonymous

      just ignore them do ur work if anyone talks with u you start speaking with him in a polite manner

    • Anonymous

      Don’t say anything.

      Work your arse of until it’s obvious that you’re getting somewhere, show those who shame you respect, regardless of what they have done. If they tease you, laugh along, keep it light-hearted. Never lose your cool on anyone. Don’t be afraid of being alone, you should look confident in your own skin. People will eventually grow to respect you.

  35. Yinka ArkofGod

    Thanks for these information’s.

  36. Anonymous

    I kind of get in fights a lot and I say I’m going to do something and I don’t follow through. What do I do?

    • Anonymous

      Dont give in – if you have to fight do it,and dont let emotions get the best of you.

    • Anonymous


      • Umar

        just remember that the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead.

  37. claire

    What if you are not finish or doing good your tasks?, I feel like I am a disaster. My boss told me how is this possible?; a prol like you, with your curse studies, can’t understand about bla bla about your task.

  38. Kagumi

    I find it very useful. Trust and respect are the most important thing to build.

  39. Hey, I think number 5 is the most important because above all, true respect must be earned and having integrity is the best way of achieving that, in my opinion.

    It’s not just about doing what you say – it’s also about living life to your own values and respecting yourself first.

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