Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

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Author/Editor: Rosenberg, Marshall B (Author), Chopra, Deepak (Foreword by)
Publisher: PuddleDancer Press
Date: 2015
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

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