False Respect

Need to be aware of the signs of false respect or pseudo-respect. A common distillation of this is called "kiss up, kick down", ie

"...many individuals in positions of power have attained their status, in part, because of their abilities to flatter and serve those who already occupy by positions of authority. But when the same individuals are seen to ignore, beat up on, or disparage those with less influence, they reveal their true lack of respect for others.....perfectly capable of behaviour in a respectful manner when he had something to gain from it..."

Howard Gardner, 2006a

 

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