- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: Puddledancer Press; 2nd edition (September 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781892005038
- ISBN-13: 978-1892005038
- ASIN: 1892005034
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 967 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life Paperback – September 1, 2003
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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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My only wish is that Rosenberg provided infographics for his methods. It can be challenging to remember the steps when you are in the moment, angry/misunderstood/disappointed/etc.