What is self-respect in a relationship?
Self-respect in a relationship is having a sense of worth and value for yourself that is not contingent upon the approval or validation of others.
It means having confidence in your own worthiness and being able to set boundaries with others in order to protect and nurture your own sense of self.
When you have self-respect, you are more likely to be treated with respect by others.
It’s a mirroring effect.
Why self-respect is important in a relationship
One way to think of self-respect is as a form of self-love. When you have self-respect, you are taking care of yourself emotionally and mentally, just as you would take care of your body if it were injured.
You are treating yourself with kindness, compassion, and understanding. You are also setting boundaries with others in order to protect yourself from emotional and mental abuse.
Self-respect is an essential ingredient in any healthy and lasting relationship, and it goes both ways.
If you, or someone else, needs a reminder about the importance of self-respect and it’s impact on relationships, then the following quotes are eye-opening and inspiring.
Relationship Self-Respect Quotes
“Once you embrace your value, it neutralizes when others think less of you.” Rob Liano
“Our self-respect tracks our choices.” Dan Coppersmith
“If you don’t love yourself, nobody will, you won’t be good at loving anyone else.” Wayne Dyer
“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Self-worth is only determined by you and if you don’t think you worth it, that’s going to ruin everything.” Billie Eilish
“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” Barbara De Angelis
“One’s dignity may be assaulted…cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” Michael J. Fox
“Love yourself enough to set boundaries teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.” Anna Taylor
“When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.” Thomas S. Monson
“Respect is what we owe; love, what we give.” Philip James Bailey
“No other love can fulfill one’s heart better than unconditional self-love.” Edmond Mbiaka
“Respecting someone indicate the quality of your personality.” Mohammad Rishad Sakhi
“‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything’? Talking nicely also applies when you’re talking to yourself.” Victoria Moran
“People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.” Dan Pearce
“You yourself, deserve your love and affection.” Buddha
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” Lao-Tzu
“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.” Charles Bukowski
Quotes On Self Respect in Relationships
“It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you.” Eartha Kitt
“If you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.” Sidney J. Harris
“Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect.” Mona Sutphen
“Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.” Eldridge Cleaver
“A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others.” Andrew Matthews
“The choices that you have made have been because of what you believe to be true for yourselves.” Oprah Winfrey
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Low self-esteem is like driving with your hand-break on.” Maxwell Maltz
“Men are respectable only as they respect.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them.” Herbert H. Lehman
Not being yourself is the worst form of self-disrespect.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” Jack Kornfield
“Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it’s covered; for inside those tattered pages, there’s a lot to be discovered.” Stephen Cosgrove
“I will not try to convince you to love me, to respect me, to commit to me. I deserve better than that; I AM BETTER THAN THAT…Goodbye.” Steve Maraboli
“I want to be the best version of myself for anyone who is going to someday walk into my life and need someone to love them beyond reason.” Jennifer Elisabeth
“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.” Brian Andreas
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” Oscar Wilde
“If you are insecure, the rest of the world is too. You are better than you think.” T. Harv Eker
Self respect is not selfishness; it’s simply taking care of yourself so that you can be your best self for yourself and for others.
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