Nonviolent Communication |
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is sometimes referred to as “compassionate communication”. Its purpose is to: create human connections that empower compassionate giving and receiving. create governmental and corporate structures that support compassionate giving and receiving.
—Marshall B. Rosenberg (founder of Nonviolent Communiation)
The Importance of Communication
The language we use when we communicate is important. Words can spark and fuel conflict. They also have the power to generate respect and understanding and to inspire cooperation. Fortunately, you can become much more skilled in connecting with your fellow human beings by learning a language and practice that does not condemn, criticize, accuse or demand, but instead focuses respectfully on needs.
Everything on this website supports ways of thinking and listening that lead to a more conscious and respectful use of language.
A Respectful Language
The respectful language to which we refer is referred to by several names, among which are: Nonviolent Communication, Compassionate Communication, Connecting Communication, Effective Communication, and the Language of the Heart. Learning NVC is similar to learning a foreign language; it requires study and practice to learn to speak it fluently.
In the beginning, as you become more aware of how you usually express yourself, and as you start practicing, you may feel awkward in this new language. You may even start to doubt whether it is possible to unlearn your usual ways of speaking and listening.
We hope that, in such moments, you will remember that even a little knowledge of a new language increases your communication capabilities. Additionally, you will have plenty of opportunities to learn every day, and we are happy to support you in your efforts. What is also beautiful about NVC is that it takes only one person to use it in order for a conflict to be resolved, for a connection from the heart to be made and for cooperation to be inspired.
What you can achieve with it
- Create clear communication in your personal life or at work.
- For parents: raise children without punishment or reward, while still remaining clear limits and boundaries.
- Create connecting relationships between:
- Children and parents / grandparents
- Couples / partners
- Teachers / students
- Employers / employees
- Be present with and grow from grief.
- Develop the courage to say “No!” in ways that maintain or reestablish connection.
- Create connection between the head and the heart (reason and emotion).
- Deepen your understanding of your and others different behaviors.
- Shift from destructive guilt to constructive responsibility taking.
- Become aware of your self-limiting beliefs thus allowing yourself to fly!