Self-Respect Self-respect is when we respect ourselves and like who we are! It is very difficult for a person to like other people and respect them, unless they respect themselves and like who they are. When people disrespect others by treating them mean, like calling them names, talking about them, or bully them, they do these things because of how they feel about themselves. They do not like themselves or who they are so they try to make themselves feel better by making others feel bad. So when someone is not showing you respect and treating you mean, remember the things they are saying to you or doing to you is how they feel about themselves.