About NVC

About NVC

Non-violent communication, sometimes called ‘a language of life’, was developed out of the need for warring racial groups to find some common ground to begin to communicate their needs with each other in a way that wasn’t going to trigger further violence. Developed by Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s, it is a set of language tools which help us to recognise our use of blaming and judgemental language and to transform it into language which is free from blame. It is based on the revolutionary belief of Gandhi and others in the non-violence movement that it is possible for both parties to get their needs met peacefully in any situation once the needs of both can be identified and expressed by the other.

 

It is taught all around the world, in schools, government, business, prisons, and with communities and individuals and families.

Judgemental language       No blame language
It's you or me
Judgements
Scarcity
Denies choice
Blame
Demands
Domination-power over/under
Making life wonderful
Acceptance, empathy
Abundance
Acknowledges choices
Feelings and Needs
Making requests
Power with – sharing