In an Nonviolent Communication model, we believe that everything someone does or says is an attempt to meet a need. That means that all actions or words are in service to meet a specific, human need. The following list of needs is neither exhaustive nor definitive. It is meant as a starting place to help you develop your emotional vocabulary and further support your communication with others. When you get stuck, and struggle to communicate your needs, return to this list for help.
If you are new to learning Nonviolent Communication and you’d like to deepen your understanding of needs, we suggest you look for Introductory Skill Level resources in the NVC Multimedia Library.
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