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From Middle English regard, regarde, reguard, from Anglo-Norman reguard, from regarder, reguarder. Attested in Middle English starting around the mid 14th century. Compare guard, reward, guardian, and so on.


It is assumed that people seek positive self-regard; that is, they are motivated to possess, enhance, and maintain positive self-views. The cross-cultural generalizability of such motivations was addressed by examining Japanese culture. Anthropological, sociological, and psychological analyses revealed that many elements of Japanese culture are incongruent with such motivations. Moreover, the empirical literature provides scant evidence for a need for positive self-regard among Japanese and indicates that a self-critical focus is more characteristic of Japanese. It is argued that the need for self-regard must be culturally variant because the constructions of self and regard themselves differ across cultures. The need for positive self-regard, as it is currently conceptualized, is not a universal, but rather is rooted in significant aspects of North American culture. Conventional interpretations of positive self-regard are too narrow to encompass the Japanese experience.

Control. The control provided a direct comparison to the test (figure 2c). All four cups were baited and the door to the vacant recipient's room was closed, therefore, regardless of choice the actor could only receive one banana piece. Since the recipient was in the control room and was, therefore, not in a position to reach the food, the actor's choice was not influenced by payoffs to the recipient. Choices were, therefore, expected to be random. There were six control trials randomly interspersed with knowledge probe trials on separate days both before and after the test session.

Written for a variety of psychotherapists, this book offers an investigation into the efficacy of positive regard by examining its history, evolution, misperceptions, criticisms, and value. The authors argue for a broader acceptance of the role of positive regard across diverse patients and therapies.

These are the questions that have driven countless studies and investigations into personality development, the effectiveness of therapeutic techniques, and the crafting of impactful parenting strategies. While there is undoubtedly still much to be discovered, psychologists have been able to define at least one vital technique for helping our clients and our children be the best versions of themselves: unconditional positive regard.

A general definition is the attitude of complete acceptance and love, whether for yourself or for someone else. When you have unconditional positive regard for someone, nothing they can do could give you a reason to stop seeing them as inherently human and inherently lovable. It does not mean that you accept each and every action taken by the person, but that you accept who they are at a level much deeper than surface behavior (Rogers, 1951).

It has been suggested that unconditional positive regard from the therapist may be a substitute for the unconditional positive regard that the client did not receive from their parents or other important adults in their childhood.

Carl Rogers believed that those who do not receive such regard from their parents at a young age are more likely to have low self-worth and less likely to reach their full potential with regards to personal development (Rogers, 1959).

One of the best representations of unconditional positive regard in therapy sessions is a scenario in which the client shares thoughts, feelings, or behaviors with the therapist that are considered morally wrong or simply unacceptable.

For another example, therapists have the opportunity to display unconditional positive regard when a client shares a habit or behavior with the therapist that is self-detrimental or self-harmful, such as abusing drugs or alcohol, cutting, or binge-eating.

Similar to the unconditional positive regard used in therapy and social work, parenting with unconditional positive regard does not mean that you accept and approve of everything your child does (Rogers, 1946).

According to Carl Rogers (1951), showing unconditional positive regard for your children helps them meet two essential needs: experiencing positive regard from others and a positive sense of self-worth.

Now that you know why you should consider applying unconditional positive regard to the raising of your children, you might want to know how you can apply it. The four techniques listed below can help get you started.

Unsurprisingly, one of the best ways to show your child unconditional positive regard is with your words. It can be difficult to be unconditionally positive and accepting when your child has displeased or disappointed you, but this is when it is most important!

To cultivate an attitude of unconditional positive regard for your child, try reminding yourself of some simple truths. You can repeat these sayings as a twist on the usual self-focus of mantras or affirmations:

This piece defined unconditional positive regard, differentiated it from complete acceptance of any and all behaviors (a key truth to understand for any therapist or parent!), and described how it can be implemented.

Personally, I feel this is a powerful idea. It has given me renewed motivation to be accepting, kind, and compassionate towards others. When we see and accept others for who they are, we cannot help but increase the understanding and warmth in the world. I would be honored if you would join me in my commitment to show unconditional positive regard for everyone I meet.

Brilliant article. simplified explanations of Unconditional positive regard has given me a whole new view towards using this therapy. I am not sure about parenting with it but therapy and social work i understand why it would work. i feel very strong towards this Method and will certainly be researching more about it and putting it into practice in the futureThank you

As a teacher, I know how important it is to create clear expectations for my students and hold them to high standards. This also applies to me as I seek to build relationships with my students. The high standards I hold myself to in building teacher-student relationships come from my guiding philosophy: unconditional positive regard. This approach helps ground my equity-centered and trauma-informed work.

A philosophy is important, but only as much as we put that philosophy into action. Unconditional positive regard is an equity approach when we actively put it into practice in our everyday interactions with students.

I was recommended different regard by a friend several years ago when I lived in Baltimore. Though I have since moved away they remain my go to place for perfectly fitted suits. When I needed a suit for a wedding recently, I came through when I was in town a couple times and was thrilled with the product. Dominick, Steven, and the entire staff's warmth, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail makes for a superior experience.

Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders

As a public authority in England you have a duty to have regard to conserving biodiversity as part of your policy or decision making. Conserving biodiversity can include restoring or enhancing a population or habitat.

Some aerial activities may be so incompatible with the ability of state aircraft to apply "due regard" that State authorities may wish to consider the need for establishing airspace structures for exclusive use and in certain circumstances complete segregation.

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The public sector equality duty was created by the Equality Act 2010 and replaces the race, disability and gender equality duties. The duty came into force in April 2011 and covers age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. It applies in England, Scotland and in Wales. The general equality duty is set out in section 149 of the Equality Act. In summary, those subject to the general equality duty must have due regard to the need to:

The duty to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination in the area of employment, also covers marriage and civil partnership. The Equality Act also gives Scottish Ministers the power to impose specific equality duties through regulations.

The public sector equality duty covers those with 'relevant protected characteristics': age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. The duty to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination also covers marriage and civil partnerships in relation to employment issues.

Rogers believed that it was essential for therapists to show unconditional positive regard to their clients. He also suggested that individuals who don't have this type of acceptance from people in their lives can eventually come to hold negative beliefs about themselves. 041b061a72


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