Brief summary of Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent communication (NVC) is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg which focuses on three aspects of communication:

  • self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one’s own inner experience)
  • empathy (understanding and sharing an emotion expressed by another)
  • honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself authentically in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others).

Nonviolent communication is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behavior that harms others when they don’t recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs.

The four components of NVC are Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests and NVC deals with expressing honestly / receiving empathically through the four components.


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Book Summary

Here is a brief summary of “Nonviolent Communication – A Language of Life” by Marshall B Rosenberg   —>  Non Violent Communication – Summary