Stand Up For What’s Right

Do not be afraid of saying what you believe is right no matter how unpopular it may be, especially when it comes to defending the rights of others.

Standing up for what is right can feel awkward when it means you have to stand up against people who are decent people but who’ve chosen to do bad things.

Psychologists talk about the bystander effect, the phenomenon in which people in a crowd are less likely to risk their necks for someone in danger. New research suggests that being in a group can also work to embolden us – to facilitate acts of moral courage.

Human behaviour tends to fall into patterns, they are more complex than we might think. And, sadly enough, under certain circumstances, being in a group can also be a powerful motivator to take action.

Not everything is as simple as it seems: 

Remain passionate about the causes you believe in but know when to let go. A courageous person possesses specific traits that indicate their tendency to perform courageous acts, more so than others. The courageous personality is about doing what is right andtend to be exceptionally passionate about the causes they believe in. They bravely intervene to prevent mistakes, and don’t mind being the whistleblower if it means doing the right thing for the right reasons.

1. Do not judge.

Others may not be operating with the same level of knowledge and insight that you possess. Each person has had unique life experiences, leading to varying beliefs – possibly unlike your own. This can lead to misunderstandings and judgement. When another person feels judged, it can be very difficult for them to remain engaged with you. Do not judge others

2. Check out your bias.

Your habit of reacting strongly to certain events may be caused by your own emotional intensity. Ensure you have all the information needed to make accurate conclusions. Allow curiosity to flourish between all parties. Confirm that you are not missing a vital piece of information. It is possible that the other person sees something that you do not.

3. Everyone grows at their own pace.

Patience is always your best virtue.  Give the situation adequate time for the other party to process things at their own pace.

Integrity requires that we stand up for what is right,

all the time.