7 tips for good behavior, circa 1500 A.D.

7 tips for good behavior, circa 1500 A.D.

Gretchen Ruben, author of the terrific Happiness Project book, posted seven tips for good social interaction, written by Desiderius Erasmus around 1500 A.D. in his book De Civilitate Morum Puerilium Libellus: A Handbook on Good Manners for Children:

NewImageAccording to Erasmus, you should not…

1. gossip

2. tell unkind stories

3. boast

4. indulge in self-display

5. seek to defeat others in argument

6. interrupt people when they tell a story

7. be too inquisitive

Gretchen added two more to the list:

8. don’t “top” (meaning, don’t say things like, “Wow, you think that was bad, wait until you hear what happened to me”)

9. don’t keep bringing the conversation around to your favorite topics if other people don’t seem as obsessively interested in them as you are.

7 Tips for Good Behavior–from the 16th Century

from Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2012/06/01/7-tips-for-good-behavior-circ.html?utm_sourc…


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