Nonviolent Communication - A Language of Life (3rd Edition)

Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD


In Circulation

What is Violent Communication?

If “violent” means acting in ways that result in hurt or harm, then much of how we communicate—judging others, bullying, having racial bias, blaming, finger pointing, discriminating, speaking without listening, criticizing others or ourselves, name-calling, reacting when angry, using political rhetoric, being defensive or judging who’s “good/bad” or what’s “right/wrong” with people—could indeed be called “violent communication.”

What is Nonviolent Communication?

Nonviolent Communication is the integration of four things:

• Consciousness: a set of principles that support living a life of compassion, collaboration, courage, and authenticity

• Language: understanding how words contribute to connection or distance

• Communication: knowing how to ask for what we want, how to hear others even in disagreement, and how to move toward solutions that work for all

• Means of influence: sharing “power with others” rather than using “power over others”

Nonviolent Communication serves our desire to do three things:

• Increase our ability to live with choice, meaning, and connection

• Connect empathically with self and others to have more satisfying relationships

• Sharing of resources so everyone is able to benefit

What will you learn from this book

  1. Empathy: The book emphasizes the importance of empathy in understanding others' feelings and needs.

  2. Nonviolent communication: Nonviolent communication is a way of communicating that seeks to resolve conflicts without violence or aggression.

  3. Observations: Making observations without judgment is crucial for effective communication.

  4. Feelings: Recognizing and expressing feelings helps in understanding oneself and others better.

  5. Needs: Identifying and addressing needs is essential for finding mutually satisfactory solutions to conflicts.

  6. Requests: Making clear, specific requests helps in getting one's needs met without resorting to coercion.

  7. Empathy vs. sympathy: Empathy involves understanding others' perspectives, while sympathy involves feeling sorry for them.

  8. Self-expression: Learning to express oneself honestly and empathically is key to healthy communication.

  9. Conflict resolution: Nonviolent communication offers a framework for resolving conflicts peacefully and constructively.

  10. Connection: The ultimate goal of nonviolent communication is to create connection and understanding between people.

Language English
ISBN-10 189200528X
ISBN-13 9781892005281
No of pages 264
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Puddle Dancer Press
Published Date 01 Sep 2015

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