Rooted in Decency Book by Colleen Doyle Bryant Author

Rooted in Decency

Finding inner peace in a world gone sideways

It’s not hard to find examples of bad behavior these days. Whether we're looking at the increase in toxic workplaces, blatant deceptions, or violent reactions to everyday events, lack of respect and integrity in society today has people asking, What happened to common decency?

Practical Tips for Bridging Divides

Drawing on sources from neuroscience to ancient moral philosophy, Rooted In Decency delivers surprising insights about how we got into this uncivil state and how we can get out of it. Explore topics such as:

  • How today’ culture affects the way we think, feel, and act in unexpected ways
  • Practical steps to take right now,  to find more inner peace amidst the divisiveness
  • How to communicate with people when we disagree in a way they might actually listen

Define Your Moral Compass

Core values can help guide your decisions, but which ones matter? Rooted In Decency builds on extensive research to help you create your moral compass and to know how to use it to navigate today’s complex issues. Skip ahead to Part 3 of Rooted In Decency for topics like:

  • Which four core human values show up over and over in leadership books, self-help guides, and wellness research—and why?
  • How can Value Continuums provide a framework to help you decide where the lines are in the gray, nuanced areas of today’s moral dilemmas?
  • How can you explain your values in a way other people understand and respect?
Rooted in Decency Book- The Moral Compass and Truth Continuum

Engaging, Conversational Tone

Rooted in Decency is written in straightforward language for a busy audience. The chapters are brief conversations that each offer "a-ha" insights that may change the way you see today's culture, and offer practical steps for how we can move forward toward more cooperation and trust.

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Table of Contents

Part One- Looking Inward

1. Finding Lasting Happiness

Why happiness comes and goes, and how that’s a good thing.

2. Mindless Thinking

How extreme thinking is knocking us off-balance

3. The Body's Language

How there’s a positive side to “negative” emotions

4. Spirited Connection

How feeding your spirit includes a side dish of happiness and meaning

5. Self-Respect vs. Self-Esteem

Why it’s good to feel bad sometimes

Part Two- Looking Outward

6. You be You—Unless You’re a Jerk

Why we voluntarily give up some freedoms to be part of society

7. Competing Moral Priorities

Why people think they’re “right” when others think they’re “wrong”

8. Us Versus Them

How group identity isn’t the real problem - Read a sample

9. The Contagion of Cruelty and Kindness

In a world with so much negativity, why bother trying?

10. The Myth of Perfection

Why life is a series of moments for practicing who you want to be

Part Three- Setting a Course

11. Right and Wrong

Where do moral values come from?

12. Shared Values

Which values do the world's belief systems have in common?

13. Defining a Moral Compass

What are your guiding principles?

14. What is Truth?

Why we paint the truth in shades of gray - Read a sample

15. Trust Me

Why the truth still matters

16. The Post-Truth Con

Why people lie and why we’re willing to believe them

17. What is Respect?

How too little and too much respect are destabilizing society - Read a sample

18. Working Against Ourselves

Why you can't disrespect (or shame) someone into agreeing with you

19. What is Responsibility?

Why responsibility is a blend of empowerment and justice

20. Life After Victimhood

How to move society past a grievance state

21. What is Compassion?

Why compassion is not about eliminating suffering

22. The Bright Side

How a little perspective changes everything

Book Details

Rooted in Decency Book from Colleen Doyle Bryant


ISBN Print: 978-0-9849056-6-9
ISBN ebook: 978-0-9849056-7-6
Pages: 338
Published: Oct 4, 2022


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