About Nonviolent Communication

About NVC

Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

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.

The NVC communication process

NVC delineates four components of communication:

  • Observations free of evaluations;
  • Feelings straight from the heart;
  • Needs, values and longings; and
  • Requests expressed clearly in positive action language.

Authentic communication and deeper connections

When we communicate ‘in NVC’ we may find greater authenticity in our communication, increase understanding, deepen connections and defuse conflicts.

The empathic way to conflict resolution

NVC promotes the idea of building relationships based on our compassionate nature, and help us focus our attention on

  • Empathic understanding of others without compromising our own values, and
  • Expressing our real feelings and needs openly and honestly, yet without blame or criticism.

When practiced, these tools help create the kind of dialogue that can foster resolutions satisfying everyone without painful sacrifice. Even in situations of longstanding conflict or hostility, the NVC process can open new doors to compassionate connection and action.

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"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than what you are capable of living."

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