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Full Title: Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Author(s): Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Publishing / Edition: PuddleDancer Press, 2015
Purchase; Read: Borrow the eBook from Internet Archive.

Content Review

Marshall Rosenberg is such an interesting person. I had first come across his work sometime in the early 2000s with the release of his Non-Violent Communication training course. It was a recording of a seminar given in San Francisco, CA and published by Sounds True as a DVD set [*gasp* Old school!].

I was fascinated and started to look more into it. I then saw his 1995 lecture, Words are Windows or They're Walls. This was a recording of a seminar given in Copenhagen, Denmark and released by Create Your Life Productions as a VHS tape [*gasp* Even more old school!].

Since then, a deluge of material about Non-Violent Communication (or NVC) has appeared on the Internet (e.g.: handouts, webpages, videos, and entire channels dedicated to exploring it), not to mention all of the books that have been published in that span of time!

Because there is so much freely available material to explore in relation to it, I won't linger too long on explanations. The back of the book has a nice single page summary:


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By understanding the feelings and needs of ourselves and other people (the things on the right-half of the above image), we can communicate empathetically (with the assistance of the process on the left-half of the above image) to best fulfill those needs in mutually beneficial ways.

As long as one attempts to use it with genuine caring and consideration for the people that they are speaking with, it can be an incredibly useful framework for facilitating communication.

Related Resources

The Center for Non-Violent Communication
This is the webpage for the organization founded by Marshall Rosenberg. Be sure to download the Needs Inventory and Feelings Inventory PDFs that they offer.

PuddleDancer Press
This is the webpage for the main publisher of works related to NVC. There are a lot of free resources here (e.g.: articles, newsletters, etc.).

Empathy Magic - Empathic Listening
H. Holley Humphrey is a long-time teacher of NVC. Her wonderful article on Empathic Listening is available in several languages (i.g.: English, Spanish, French, and German) at the link above.

The Listening Way
This website is an interesting collection of articles revolving around the work of Carl Rogers, Eugene Gendlin, and Marshall Rosenberg as provided by Jon Russell. Both Eugene Gendlin and Marshall Rosenberg were actually students of Carl Rogers. All of their works are quite complementary with one another. For example, much of Carl Rogers' "Person-Centered Approach" to relationships revolves around treating people compassionately (e.g.: by using "Active Listening" when they are speaking), and Eugene Gendlin's "Focusing" method helps one to get in-tune with their own bodily sensations/feelings. It is easy to see how these can interface with NVC or vice-versa.

Radical Compassion - Files
Jim and Jori Manske are long-time teachers of NVC. They share some useful resources (e.g.: printable handouts for conducting your own NVC workshops, audio recordings, etc.) at the link above.

Compassionate Interactions - NVC
This is a fun little site by Jeff Tretsven for learning and applying Compassionate Communication (a.k.a. NVC) through articles and interactive online tools. It also connects it to work by Esther and Jerry Hicks for understanding feelings and needs (i.e.: the "Emotional Scale" and the "Focus Wheel").