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Articles (14)

Feelings vs Interpretations

Beginner Skill Level • Article • Read time: 1-2 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Read time: 1-2 minutes
Here's a list of words that pose as feelings, but are actually interpretations of what you think someone is doing to you. They trigger defensiveness in another thereby preventing a connected dialogue. Behind each of these words are precious feelings and needs. This sheet includes…

Changing Our Habitual Approach to Change

Introductory Skill Level • Article • Read time: 4 - 6 minutes
Introductory Skill Level
Read time: 4 - 6 minutes
Most of us subject ourselves to so many painful mental jabs and they seldom stimulate helpful change. We can be like a frustrated animal trainer repeatedly whipping an animal, without ever helping the animal to understand what behavior is wanted or offering encouragement. Instead, punishing…

Shifting the Way We Do Things

Introductory Skill Level • Article • Read time: 3 - 5 minutes
Introductory Skill Level
Read time: 3 - 5 minutes
The way we talk to one another, and think about or react to our lives, may seem "normal" but eventually, this may reach a point where we realize something isn't working, and we make adjustments. But often the suffering continues if we aren't addressing root…

Nonviolence In The Face of Rape or Assault

All Skill Levels • Article • Read time: 1 - 2 minutes
All Skill Levels
Read time: 1 - 2 minutes
Here's a brief anecdote showing how one woman was able transform a situation, where a man was about to assault or rape her. She responded in a creative way that lead them both to see each others' humanity -- navigating them both to safety. As…

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