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What is Nonviolent Communication? Nonviolent Communication contains nothing new. It is based on historical principles of nonviolence-- the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart. NVC reminds us what we already instinctively know about how good it feels to authentically connect to another human being.
With NVC we learn to hear our own deeper needs and those of others. Through its emphasis on deep listening—to ourselves as well as others—NVC helps us discover the depth of our own compassion. This language reveals the awareness that all human beings are only trying to honor universal values and needs, every minute, every day.
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.
The form is simple, yet powerfully transformative.
Through the practice of NVC, we can learn to clarify what we are observing, what emotions we are feeling, what values we want to live by, and what we want to ask of ourselves and others. We will no longer need to use the language of blame, judgment or domination. We can experience the deep pleasure of contributing to each others' well being.
NVC creates a path for 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.
Nonviolent Communication is a practical, learnable process based on universal human values that helps people connect more deeply with themselves and others. 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.
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.