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Rachel Thomasian, MFT(Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist)answered(9/18/2012)First- It's important to develop a good sense of your "self" and your "worth". If you know your true value, you will not let others treat you with anything less than what you believe you deserve. You can do this by working on your self esteem and confidence.
Next- It's important to set boundaries. No one will know what you expect unless you tell them! If your friend or partner does something that makes you feel disrespected, let them know that wasn't okay to make sure that boundary is not crossed again in the future.
Finally- You get what you give- make sure you are treating others with respect and modeling the behavior you expect from them. It is easier to respect someone who is respectful and has strong character than someone who isn't.
Mariel Hemingway(Actress, Author, Health & Wellness Expert)answered(10/4/2012)If you want someone to treat you respectively then the most important thing you can do is treat yourself with respect and then of course treat the person you are with with respect. "Treat others as you wish to be treated" and make sure you are working on your self love and self-worth at all times. Learn to take silence (even 5 to 10 minutes a day is helpful) in your day and visualize, during that quiet time, how you would like your relationships to look with others.
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Golda S.answered(10/12/2012)You teach people how to treat you by the way you treat yourself.