NVC in a Nutshell
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a process of communication, developed by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg that is based on compassion, authenticity, and courage. Also sometimes known as Compassionate Communication.
- Interactions we have with others in clearly, honestly and compassionately expressing ourselves and also in deeply listening to another.
- The ‘inner chatter’ or dialogues we have in ourselves by bringing an attitude of self compassion and kindness.
- NVC focuses our attention on needs – on the universal longings, values and yearnings that each and every one of us as human beings share – needs such as honesty, peace, care, support, to contribute, to be included – (to name but a few).
By keeping a focus on these needs that we all share, a greater possibility for understanding and compassion occurs.
NVC also focuses on feelings
Believing that all feelings arise from needs. If our needs are met then we experience pleasant feelings. If our needs remain unmet them we experience unpleasant feelings. (i.e. if I experience care from others I may feel relaxed, content, happy. If I don’t experience care then I may feel anxious or hurt or sad or annoyed).
Ways to learn NVC
Recommended reading ‘Nonviolent Communication: A language of Life’ by Marshall Rosenberg
Learn NVC online by joining NVC academy – through e-course, teleclass and watching video clips from trainers www.nvctraining.com
Attend an introduction, one or two day event or foundation training.
To find NVC trainings & workshops click here.
To see if there is a practice group local to you click here
More about NVC
CNVC the main international website for NVC hosts a lot of valuable information for learning NVC. See www.CNVC.org