Long ago, Erasmus gave eight tips on how to behave around other people — and it’s still a good list. 

According 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 

You shoujd … 

8. be discreet about your own thoughts and actions 

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