101233: Choosing Civility

The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct

About the Course:

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 Civility, P. M. Forni identifies the twenty-five rules that are most essential in connecting effectively and happily with others. In clear, witty, and, well…civilized language, Forni covers topics that include: * Think Twice Before Asking Favors * Give Constructive Criticism * Refrain from Idle Complaints * Respect Others’ Opinions * Don’t Shift Responsibility and Blame * Care for Your Guests * Accept and Give Praise. Finally, Forni provides examples of how to put each rule into practice and make life—and the lives of others—more enjoyable, companionable, and rewarding. Choosing Civility is a simple, practical, perfectly measured, and quietly magical handbook on the lost art of civility and compassion.

Publication Date:



Forni, P.M., Ph.D.

About the Author:

Dr. P.M. Forni teaches civility and Italian literature at Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-founder of The Johns Hopkins Civility Project (1997 – 2000). His series of commentaries, Speaking of Manners, is aired by the National Public Radio-affiliate station in Baltimore. Among the media outlets that have reported on his work on civility are The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, the BBC and CNN. He lives with his wife Virginia in Baltimore, Maryland.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about how civility may be defined and ways in which people are impacted psychologically, ethically, and otherwise by civility (or lack thereof) in their lives. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Summarize the goals the author would like readers to consider regarding the importance of civility and ethics in daily life.

  2. Define civility and how it relates to relationships, respect, love, ethics, and behavioral science.

  3. Identify the first fourteen rules of civility described and explain how they apply to interactions among people.

  4. Identify rules 15-25 as described by the author and critique their relevance to ethical clinical work with patients/clients.

  5. Explain how the author views civility in terms of ethical individualism and contemporary society.

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