Treating others as you would want to be treated, also known as the Golden Rule, will naturally let people know how to treat you. And in doing so, you will naturally repel the wrong people and attract the right people into your life.

Many other people advocate to treat others as they would want to be treated, but you can only do this once they have told you how they want to be treated, otherwise it opens the door for assumptions, people pleasing, and manipulation.

With that said, as you filter out the wrong people and attract the right people into your life, you will naturally incorporate others’ values as part of your own, since it will now be in your best interests to do so. And so, you will still be treating others as you would want to be treated, but you will also account for the way they want to be treated, since it now matters to you.

You should still continue treating others as you would want to be treated even when they hurt you, so as to avoid becoming like them, and, if the relationship is still worth pursuing, to show them a better way and make amends.

Keep in mind that this is assuming that you’re on a path of personal growth. So when I say to treat others as you would want to be treated it will mean for you to treat them with your highest standards, and even lift them up by doing so. For if you don’t treat yourself well, then the Golden Rule won’t work for you.

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you'll help them become what they are capable of being. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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