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Nonviolent Communication - Part 1/7: Transforming Communication: Cultivating Empathy and Connection through Nonviolent Communication - A reading log

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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

(german edition)

by Marshall B. Rosenberg

A reading log.

Part 1

November 12th, 2023

Nonviolent communication = Empathic communication = Sensitive communication

Chapter 1 "Giving from the heart: The Heart of Nonviolent Communication", page 23


November 13th, 2023

NVC helps us to deepen our relationships, enjoy communicating, communicate and recognize our natural needs. The 4 steps of NVC:

- Observe

- Feel

- Recognize need/value

- Formulating request

Chapter 1 "Giving from the heart: The Heart of Nonviolent Communication", page 36


November 14th, 2023

Constantly evaluating the actions and statements of others, as well as yourself, is a form of communication that takes you away from life. Judging leads to separation and not to connection. NVC has the opposite effect. It creates understanding and people listen to each other. Comparing always leads to people recognizing deficits in themselves and feeling bad. You distance yourself from yourself.

Chapter 2 "How communication blocks empathy", page 46


November 15th, 2023

A language that distances life uses words in which we hand over our personal responsibility with words like "must" or the reference to rules. Placing our own actions in the responsibility of others... You can say: "I do X because my job and money are important to me." Instead of "I have to do X". Our everyday language is full of narratives of rejection of responsibility. We also often find it difficult to observe without judging. However, judgement usually limits the possibilities for interpretation and our own openness.

Chapter 3 "Observing without judging", page 58

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