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Nonviolent Communication - Part 3/7: Building Stronger Bonds: Honesty, Needs, and Clarity in Communication for Deeper Relationships - A reading log

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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

(german edition)

by Marshall B. Rosenberg

A reading log.

Part 3

November 22nd, 2023

Only when we are aware of our own needs and express them honestly (emotions indicate needs) can we have good, deep relationships. Suppressing our own needs leads to frustration and, in the worst case, to hatred.

Chapter 5 "Taking responsibility for our feelings", page 113


November 23rd, 2023

Exploring the needs of a person and staying in conversation with them requires patience and the right questions. But it's worth it. Conflicts can be resolved in this way because it creates better mutual understanding. When formulating requests, make sure that you say what the other person should do and not what they should not do. Only specific requests help. Requests not to do something leave too much room for interpretation.

Chapter 6 "Asking for what makes our lives richer", page 122


November 24th, 2023

We are often unclear about what we need and what we want from others. What do we want the other person to do specifically? No vague formulations. Give concrete instructions for action.

Chapter 6 "Asking for what makes our lives richer", page 127


November 27th, 2023

When we ask for something, we sometimes don't do it directly, but we expect the other person to know exactly what we mean. That's why it's important to formulate requests clearly and have the other person repeat what they've said. For groups with endless discussions: What response do you expect to this story and how does it contribute to the topic?

Chapter 6 "Asking for what makes our lives richer", page 140

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