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What is Nonviolent Communication? A Language of Compassion Nonviolent Communication (NVC), developed by Marshall Rosenberg, guides us to reframe how we express ourselves, how we hear others and resolve conflicts by focusing our intention on connection. It is a tool that leads us toward a quality of connection among people where we learn to hear our own deeper needs and those of others and where everyone’s needs are valued and get met through compassionate giving—out of the joy of contributing to another human being.
NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity, using our power in a way that honors everyone's needs, and a concrete set of skills which help us create life-serving families and communities. With practice, the tool of NVC helps us navigate within ourselves to transform blame & judgment--where neither our own needs nor those of the other person are likely to be met--into a mutual awareness of human needs. It promotes congruency with one’s values in thought, speech and action. It can be incredibly healing and self-empowering while also treating others with care.
NVC creates a path for maintaining relationships and creating healing and reconciliation in its many applications, ranging from intimate relationships, work settings, health care, social services, police, prison staff and inmates, to governments, schools and social change organizations.
What Can Nonviolent Communication do for you? The purpose of NVC is to inspire heartfelt connection where everyone’s needs are equally valued and strategies to meet needs contribute to connection, harmony and peace.
Nonviolent Communication develops one's ability to transform blame, anger and criticism into understanding, effective communication and the peaceful resolution of conflict.
Nonviolent Communication focuses our attention on what matters most, leading to language and actions that are efficient, effective and full of integrity.
Nonviolent Communication strengthens our ability to inspire compassion and teamwork from others. It guides us to reframe how we express ourselves and how we hear others. Nonviolent Communication was created by Marshall Rosenberg. For more information go to www.cnvc.org.