What is NVC?

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NVC is all about remaining connected both to ourselves and the other. The focus is on feelings and needs as these are what we all have in common and are arguably the deepest and most important aspects of ourselves.NVC is the most profound discovery I have made since Living Wisdom.  

Non Violent Communication is the name that Marshall Rosenberg gave to his unique philosophy and technique of conflict resolution. Conflict resolution is just the tip of the iceberg though when it comes to it’s potential. The idea is that if we communicate from our feelings and needs and connect to the others’ feelings and needs then we will remain empathetic, compassionate, and hopefully develop a strategy that considers all parties needs.

Their website states:

“Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is based on the principles of nonviolence– the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart.

NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.

People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.”

Have a look at some the resources I have created around this topic. You really have to experience it to understand its potency. There is a video below of introducing NVC. Have a squiz.