About Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

woman-gazing Most of us have been educated from birth to compete, judge, demand and diagnose — to think and communicate in terms of what is “right“ and “wrong“ with people. Because of this, we express our feelings in terms of what another person has “done to us.” We struggle to understand what we want or need in the moment, and how to effectively ask for what we want without using unhealthy demands, threats or coercion.

At best, thinking and communicating this way can create misunderstanding and frustration, or simply keep us from getting what we want — at home, at work and in our community. It can also keep us from the fulfilling relationships we deserve. And still worse, it can lead to anger, depression and even emotional or physical violence.

Since developing the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process in the 1960’s, Marshall B. Rosenberg Ph.D’s vision has been to teach people of any age, gender, ethnicity or background a much more effective alternative. While very simple, NVC offers a framework to reconnect us to the needs behind our own or another’s behavior, even in the most difficult of interactions.

At present, hundreds of CNVC Certified Trainers and supporters are teaching NVC skills to people from all walks of life around the globe. The NVC Academy provides the first centralized hub for Online NVC learning, where people just like you can learn from more than 40 unique CNVC Certified Trainers right from the comfort of your home.

Through our Live NVC Courses and NVC Multimedia Library subscriptions you’ll learn to transform the thinking, language and moralistic judgments that keep you from the enriching relationships you dream of. As you learn how to apply NVC in all areas of your life, you’ll start to resolve conflicts with more ease, learn to ask for what you want in ways that ensure you’ll receive it, begin to hear the true needs of others with less effort, strengthen your personal and professional relationships and start living to your full potential.

Research

Though much of the evidence for the efficacy of Nonviolent Communciation is anecdotal, science-based research exists and has been expanded over the past decade. Most recently, Jane Branscomb at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health completed her  NVC based thesis, "SUMMATIVE EVALUATION OF A WORKSHOP IN COLLABORATIVE COMMUNICATION." Links to many other research studies can be found at the CNVC website.


"What others do may be a stimulus of our feelings, but not the cause."   
— Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life


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