- Series: Nonviolent Communication Guides
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Puddledancer Press; 3 edition (September 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 189200528X
- ISBN-13: 978-1892005281
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (856 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This latest edition of Dr. Rosenberg's book has a completely new chapter called, "Connecting Compassionately with Ourselves." It's about what he calls, "self-compassion." He writes, "When we are internally violent towards ourselves, it is difficult to be genuinely compassionate towards others." I enjoyed this chapter because it helped me translate my self-judgments into statements of my own unmet needs. I now see that when I am angry with myself it is because my actions were not in harmony with my values. Seeing things from this perspective helps me mourn my action and move into self-forgiveness by connecting with the specfic need I was trying to meet when I used a strategy that I now regret. I particularly enjoyed the section on translating "have-to" into "choose-to." The exercise showed me how to locate the choice in what I do, by connecting with the need, want, or value each activity serves. I find I have more energy, more compassion when I experience choice in my life.
communications we have had in 35 years. We are able to meet each others needs rapidly now. Yippie!
Definitely a must-read if you have or plan to have kids!
While studying the factors that affect our ability to stay compassionate, I was struck by the crucial role of language and our use of words. I have since identified a specific approach to communicating--both speaking and listening--that leads us to give from the heart, connecting us with ourselves and with each other in a way that allows our natural compassion to flourish. I call this approach Nonviolent Communication, using the term nonviolence as Gandhi used it--to refer to our natural state of compassion when violence has subsided from the heart." ~ Marshall B. Rosenberg from Nonviolent Communication
Based on Gandhi's ideal of nonviolence, Nonviolent Communication (or NVC for short) is also known as "Compassionate Communication." I think it could also be appropriately described simply as "Effective Communication." As the cover of the book declares: "More than 1,000,000 copies sold for one simple reason: it works!"
I've been planning to read this book for quite some time and, after seeing both Brené Brown and Kristin Neff rave about it, I decided now was the time. I was blown away by the goodness.
I'm inspired by not only the theory and practices laid out in the book but by Marshall B. Rosenberg's lifetime commitment to mastering communication and helping us, as he would say, create a compassionate flow btwn ourselves and others based on mutual giving from the heart.
Here are some Big Ideas from this book:
1. NVC - What is it?
2. The Four Components - Observations + Feelings + Needs + Requests.
3. What Gets in the Way? - Life-alienating stuff.
4. Taking Responsibility - Is key.
5. What Do You Want? - Always a powerful question
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