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Choosing Civility : The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct

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9780312302504

ISBN10:
0312302509
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Pub. Date:
11/8/2003
Publisher(s):
St. Martin's Griffin
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Most people would agree that thoughtful behavior and common decency are in short supply, or simply forgotten in hurried lives of emails, cellphones, and multi-tasking. In Choosing Civility, P. M. Forni identifies the twenty-five rules that are most essential in connecting effectively and happily with others. In clear, witty, and, well....civilized language, Forni covers topics that include: * Think Twice Before Asking Favors * Give Constructive Criticism * Refrain from Idle Complaints * Respect Others' Opinions * Don't Shift Responsibility and Blame * Care for Your Guests * Accept and Give Praise Finally, Forni provides examples of how to put each rule into practice and so make life-and the lives of others-more enjoyable, companionable, and rewarding. Choosing Civility is a simple, practical, perfectly measured, and quietly magical handbook on the lost art of civility and compassion.AUTHORBIO: Dr. P.M. Forni teaches civility and Italian literature at Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-founder of The Johns Hopkins Civility Project (1997 - 2000).His series of commentaries, Speaking of Manners, is aired by the National Public Radio-affiliate station in Baltimore. Among the media outlets that have reported on his work on civility are The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, the BBC, CNNfn and elsewhere. He lives with his wife Virginia in Baltimore, Maryland.

Author Biography

DR. P.M. FORNI is an award-winning professor of Italian Literature at Johns Hopkins University. In 2000 he founded The Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins and over the years has continued to teach courses on the theory and history of manners. His book Choosing Civility (2002) has sold more than 100,000 copies. Reports on his work have appeared on The New York Times, The Times of London, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. He has been a on a number of radio and television shows, including ABC's World News Tonight, CBS Sunday Morning and BBC's Outlook. For years he was a regular on-the-air contributor to the Baltimore NPR affiliate station and the nationally syndicated radio show The Satellite Sisters.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
PART ONE
Life and Relationships
3(4)
What Is Civility?
7(6)
Respect in Action
13(2)
Happiness and the Mind
15(3)
How Do We Learn to Love?
18(3)
Civility and Self-Expression
21(4)
Nice Guys Finish Last. Or Do They?
25(3)
The Science of Love and Social Support
28(3)
About the Rules
31(4)
PART TWO
THE RULES
1. Pay Attention
35(6)
2. Acknowledge Others
41(3)
3. Think the Best
44(4)
4. Listen
48(6)
5. Be Inclusive
54(6)
6. Speak Kindly
60(4)
7. Don't Speak Ill
64(5)
8. Accept and Give Praise
69(5)
9. Respect Even a Subtle "No"
74(3)
10. Respect Others' Opinions
77(4)
11. Mind Your Body
81(6)
12. Be Agreeable
87(6)
13. Keep It Down (and Rediscover Silence)
93(4)
14. Respect Other People's Time
97(3)
15. Respect Other People's Space
100(6)
16. Apologize Earnestly
106(4)
17. Assert Yourself
110(6)
18. Avoid Personal Questions
116(6)
19. Care for Your Guests
122(4)
20. Be a Considerate Guest
126(5)
21. Think Twice Before Asking for Favors
131(5)
22. Refrain from Idle Complaints
136(5)
23. Accept and Give Constructive Criticism
141(5)
24. Respect the Environment and Be Gentle to Animals
146(6)
25. Don't Shift Responsibility and Blame
152
PART THREE
Culture Shock
161(2)
Striking Through the Form to the Substance
163(2)
I Did It My Way
165(2)
Authority on the Wane
167(2)
The Age of the Self
169(2)
Living Among Strangers
171(2)
The Drive to Achieve
173(2)
Stress
175(1)
How We Play the Game
176(3)
Two Sides of the Coin
179(3)
What to Do
182(5)
Notes 187(8)
Suggestions for Further Reading 195


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