communication skills in civility. ▫ Discuss the need for civility in . Page 25 Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct. New. York: St. Choosing Civility has ratings and reviews. Julianne said: Wish it had a rip out list in the front or back as a cheat sheet of the 25 rules. S. In Dr Forni’s book Choosing Civility he makes the suggestion that “we agree The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct Abridged for the Healer.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Choosing Civility by P. 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 CivilityP. Forni identifies the twenty-five rules that are most essential in connecting effectively and happily with others. In clear, witty, and, well C hoosing Civility is a simple, practical, perfectly measured, and quietly magical handbook on the lost art of civility and compassion.

A deft exploration that urges us to think before speaking. Paperbackpages. Published November 8th by St. Martin’s Griffin first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Choosing Civilityplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 03, Julianne rated it really liked conducy. Wish it had a rip out list in the front or back as a “cheat sheet” of the 25 rules.

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So, here they are: Think the Best 4. Don’t Speak Ill 8. Accept and Give Praise 9. Respect Even a Subtle “No” Respect Others’ Opinions Mind Your Body Keep it Down Respect Other People’s Time ciivility Respect Other People’s Space Avoid Personal Questions Care for Your Guests Be a Wish it had civilkty rip out list in the front or back as a “cheat sheet” of the 25 rules.

Be a Considerate Guest Think Twice Before Asking for Favors Refrain from Idle Compliments Accept and Give Constructive Criticism Respect the Environment and Be Gentle to Animals Don’t Shift Responsibility and Blame Feb 06, Polly Trout rated it really liked it.

Forni defines civility as the art of cultivating respectful relationships with the purpose of being good community members and good neighbors. This is a charming and kindhearted book about why life is better when we are thoughtful and respectful with each other.

Forni treats kindness and consideration in relationships as art forms that can be learned, taught, and honed; he digs through the ritual of etiquette to find their philosophic foundations. His “25 Rules” include advice like: He is an elegant writer and an intelligent man, so the book is better than the average self help book.


I especially like his insistence that it is not only possible but also ideal to be civil AND assertive at the same time; that we need a healthy balance of self expression and kindness in our lives, and that the best response to rudeness or cruelty is a dignified, steady, self-respecting “No, thank you. He has a blind spot for the fact that his abstract advice respect the opinions of others, respect cultural diversity, don’t speak ill of others directly clashes with his distress when others have cultural norms different than his own.

For example, one of his rules is “Avoid Person Questions. This kind of information presumes a close relationship. One way to respect others is by being discreet about our own personal matters. But it is not always the cultural norm. Compare Forni’s rules of etiquette with this paragraph from the excellent essay “Across the Great Divide: American Society in the Twenty-First Century” ed. In turn, this emotional reserve often seems a coldness to working class people — a way of letting someone know you don’t want them around or simply being rude.

There are different meanings for the same behaviors. Yesterday, for example, I met an older African American woman, who shared her personal story with me and then immediately apologized for having done so — I said that no apology was necessary, and responded by sharing some of my own personal experiences that I thought might resonate with her.

This exchanged pleased her; I had met HER standards of what civility means, which is to build relationships and community on shared story telling, and in doing so signaled to her that I was not going to expect her to adapt to my cultural standards, but instead respect hers.

I think that what is key in building a cross-class, multicultural community, is to have open and respectful dialogue about what it means to be civil, kind, and respectful.

When we take our own standards for granted, they are invisible and inarticulate, and then it is very hard to maintain true civility. If we are thoughtful about always staying grounded in the foundations of civility, then we can let go of old forms that don’t work and create new forms that celebrate and nurture diversity.


Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct

Oct 11, Rachel Aranda rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a very easy read with useful information. Originally I bought this book because it was required for one of my University classes that all students had to take.

Needless to say I thought it would be a boring book that I’d hate and never read again. This book completely surprised me! I found ways that explained how I could better myself as a person conduct-wise; I believe it helped me make college and moving as enjoyable as it’s been.

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It’s a book I think everyone could benefit from readin This was a very easy read with useful information. It’s a book I think everyone could benefit from reading at least once if only to learn how you want to be seen by others and be a little happier with oneself. May 30, Valerie rated it liked it. This book had some good advice. The begginning is very slow. So much so that I found myself falling asleep but its mostly just the first part of the book.

Part One of the book mostly argues why civility is important and that being polite isn’t hypocritical. Part Two gives all the dos and don’ts to do with house guests, strangers, coworkers, etc.

This is where the 25 rules of conduct are. Part Three just sums up everything. Like I mentioned before it has good advice so it was useful but just a bit This book had some good advice. Like I mentioned before it has good advice so it was useful but just a bit -for lack of a better word- boring. Aug 09, Meghan rated it really liked it. This is for a college class and it was really good. I have experience reading books like this so it wasn’t that hard for me.

It was a real eye opener.

It’s all about being civil but as I read it, I thought about situations where I could have applied the rule and I feel like a new person and can actually see the world. This book was for my University choosint that doesn’t start for another week. Sep 07, Marjorie Elwood rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a lovely little book about why we should choose civility in our everyday lives and what that looks like.

It was a good reminder of why we are polite with each other “Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength. For the library types out there: Public Libraries Take Center Stage”. May 24, Lennie Ross rated it it was ok. How rlues one critique a book on civility with civility?

This book was just a bit too basic. The advice was good, but the book is slow-paced and the points could have been addressed in far fewer pages Felt like someone wrote it just to civolity the credit of having written a book. I would say gules must be a better book on the subject out there. Sep 26, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: