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What is Nonviolent Communication?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is often considered a roadmap out of conflict, a language of compassion, and a tool for positive social change.  It can also, however, be a way of living that helps us to relate better, not only to others, but to ourselves as well.

Imagine... connecting with the human spirit, in each person, in any situation.

Imagine... interacting with others in a way that allows everyone's needs to be equally valued.

Imagine... creating organizations and life-serving systems responsive to our needs and the needs of our environment.

NVC connects us with what is alive in ourselves and in others moment-to-moment, with what we or others could do to make life more wonderful, and with an awareness of what gets in the way of natural giving and receiving.

NVC strengthens our ability to inspire compassion in others and to respond compassionately to others and ourselves.

NVC helps us reframe how we express ourselves, how we hear others, and how we resolve conflicts, by focusing our consciousness on what we are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.

Nonviolent Communication is a process of empathy and honesty, and is sometimes described as “the language of the heart.”


Text courtesy of Center for Nonviolent Communication.  See 

To watch a video:

Marshall Rosenberg, PhD:

Robert Krzisnik: Language for Global Citizenship