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Would you rather be feared or respected? Why?

  1. Peter Leeper profile image81
    Peter Leeperposted 5 years ago

    Would you rather be feared or respected?  Why?

  2. sangre profile image97
    sangreposted 5 years ago

    Respected. If people respect you they  would do what you want because they look up to you.

    If they feared me, they would do what I tell them to do but bitch about the whole time to others.

  3. JKenny profile image94
    JKennyposted 5 years ago

    Respected, definitely as people would hopefully regard me as a person who leads by example, rather than some vile ogre who puts the fear of God into people.

  4. Express10 profile image87
    Express10posted 5 years ago

    I would definitely rather be respected and not feared. If you are respected, you will  have a somewhat easier path than by having people fear you. Fear drives people to desperate acts that can harm you.

  5. Attikos profile image78
    Attikosposted 5 years ago

    Like many things this one depends on the circumstances, but if you're working within a social institution (government, church, corporation, even an informal group) it takes both to accomplish much. People have to respect your ability to take them to a good place, and they have to fear you in order for your directions to be accepted. Sorry if it disillusions someone, but that's how humans are built.

  6. Lizam1 profile image82
    Lizam1posted 5 years ago

    Respect everytime.  Parents, leaders, elders who rule by fear are the cause of so much pain externally and internally.

  7. Dog Advisor profile image80
    Dog Advisorposted 5 years ago

    Respected...this was a no-brainer...if I am respected, my opinions, reasons for doing things, advice, and requests are more likely to succeed. 

    Being feared  only means that things I want are being done but everyone is complaining behind my back.

  8. Catherine Kane profile image81
    Catherine Kaneposted 5 years ago


    Culture based on fear is unhealthy, stagnant and produces little of worth, and it usually  dies an unpleasant death. Culture based on respect is mutually supportive, creates great things and brings out everyones strengths

    I chose respect- but what I really want is mutual respect.

  9. Ugly Honest profile image75
    Ugly Honestposted 5 years ago

    This may seem a bit over-analyzed but I'd prefer to be able gain the respect of those who are worthy of my respect. ...But I always want there to be that doubt  among those with less than honorable intentions .. In other words  "He's a nice guy, but I'd hate to see him mad".... That's why this one has always been one of my favorites ...."Beware the fury of a patient man"  -- John Dryden

  10. IDONO profile image81
    IDONOposted 5 years ago

    Respected.   If people respect me, they believe I have something positive to add. If they fear me, they believe I will take something positive away.

  11. glorgeousmom profile image81
    glorgeousmomposted 5 years ago

    To come up with a credible answer let us first define the two: Fear and Respect.
    (Source: Wikipedia)
    Fear is a distressing negative sensation induced by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger.

    Respect is a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected. It is a positive feeling or esteem given to person or an entity. Respect is not voluntarily given but is earned.

    My personal opinion on the matter is I would rather be respected than feared.

  12. Darrell Roberts profile image70
    Darrell Robertsposted 5 years ago

    I would rather be respected, where it is understood that I would only ask people to do what I think is best for all involved, they would trust you. People are more comfortable around people they respect, they usually run from thoses they fear.