Nonviolent communication (NVC) is a process, skill and consciousness which can be learned. It rests upon the ability to sense into and reveal your own internal world and sense into and be curious about the internal worlds of other people.
In Foundation trainings, we will cover the Foundations of Nonviolent Communication, including Core principles and Assumptions as well as Key skills that will support you.
At its core, NVC is about:
courage and compassion
Each session explores one of the practical interpersonal communication skills below:
- De-escalating tense situations,
- Scary honesty in difficult conversations
- Self-empathy skills
- Making, clarifying and breaking agreements with care
- Transforming habits and patterns of behaviour
- Transforming judgments
- Learning to make clear requests
- saying no and hearing a no
- Expressing frustration and anger
- Receiving another’s frustration and anger
- Exploring fear
- Exploring joy and pain
- Unacknowledged power in relationships
- Making decisions
- Giving feedback
- Learning how to truly receive (and how scary that can be!)
- Connecting with vision
- Cultivating the strength to love even in challenging situations
Nonviolent Communication was developed by Marshall Rosenberg who drew on the humanistic psychology of Carl Rogers and the nonviolence of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, and give you the tools to approach life in a way that includes your own needs, while considering others' and the needs of the wider environment. It is a process and a support for complicated times.
You might like to read Marshall Rosenberg's book A language of Life or watch some of his youtube videos of which this is one example before you do a training in NVC. Alternatively, here are some of the Foundations of NVC that I put together that you can read before coming to a training with me.