I recently was reading an email from Puddle Dancer Press letting me know that they have put Marshall’s book, “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” on sale. As I scrolled through the message I found a very helpful description of this work.
If you have ever had a hard time explaining NVC to others or wanted to encourage others to check it out, you might find this description very helpful too. After being involved for as long as I have been I also found it to be profoundly accurate. Here it is:
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 3rd Edition
By Marshall B. Rosenberg
What is Violent Communication? If “violent” means acting in ways that result in hurt or harm, then much of how we communicate—judging others, bullying, having racial bias, blaming, finger pointing, discriminating, speaking without listening, criticizing others or ourselves, name-calling, reacting when angry, using political rhetoric, being defensive or judging who’s “good/bad” or what’s “right/wrong” with people—could indeed be called “violent communication.”
What is Nonviolent Communication? Nonviolent Communication is the integration of 4 things:
Consciousness: a set of principles that support living a life of empathy, care, courage, and authenticity
Language: understanding how words contribute to connection or distance
Communication: knowing how to ask for what we want, how to hear others even in disagreement, and how to move toward solutions that work for all
Means of influence: sharing “power with others” rather than using “power over others”
Nonviolent Communication serves our desire to do three things:
Increase our ability to live with choice, meaning, and connection
Connect empathically with self and others to have more satisfying relationships
Sharing of resources so everyone is able to benefit
republished with permission of Puddle Dancer Press
By the way, the book is available right now at Puddle Dancer Press for only $6. You can purchase it here. Also, I invite you to peruse their website: they have lots of wonderful and easily accessible articles on NVC.