From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- an attitude of consideration or high regard
- He is an intellectual giant, and I have great respect for him.
- good opinion, honor, or admiration
- (always plural): Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.
- The mourners paid their last respects to the deceased poet.
- a particular aspect of something
- With respect to his personal hygiene, I suggest that he shower more often.
Respectfulness is the concern for a harmonious relationship with your family, friends and all other people in society, respect should be a natural response of politeness which can not be demanded. The true indentification of respectfulness values others for who they represent, with a concern not to look down onto other people. This results in the protection of someone else's personal or common values, so that opinions and persuasions do not harm the good intentions of someone else. Taking into consideration the views and desires of others and incorporating it into your decisions, i.e. being truthful to people. When you respect another, you factor in and weigh others' thoughts and desires into your planning and balance it into your decision making.
An example would be: respecting someone's opinion. You may or may not agree, but you place it into consideration, and it may ultimately influence your decision (even if partially).
In Asiatic phylosophy does self-respect and respecting others deserve to be respected, this is in the same context as taking care of yourself and your environment. Respectfulness adds general reliability to social interactions, it helps people to get along with each other in society.