Here it goes:

Person 1 - How can I get my partner to respect me?

Person 2 - Model what that looks like by respecting yourself.

I suspect it might mean copy something, but then, as the Oxford Dictionary says, it should be copy oneself on.

  • Your suspicion involves the reflexive verb, to model oneself on. But here the verb is transitive.
    – TimR
    Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 14:06
  • I'm curious why you always seem to start your questions with Here it goes:. Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 16:06
  • Jason: I guess it is a good way to indicate that I am going to give the sentences wherein I came across a phrase or word I don't understand. Could you please tell me if there is something wrong with it? Could tell me a better way to do it? Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 16:38
  • We don't know what it is in "Here it goes". Are you making these sentences up? Are you quoting something you've heard or read?
    – TimR
    Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 17:01
  • Mostly I have heard or read those sentences Commented Jun 22, 2018 at 17:15

2 Answers 2


Model X as a verb is like a lot of other "verb-ified" nouns, it means make a model of X.

If X is not a physical thing, means "show how it's done properly by doing it", or "leading by example."; synonymous somewhat with demonstrate.


There the transitive verb model would mean "to exemplify, to show by action or demeanor".

P.S. Used in this way the verb is popular psychology jargon.

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