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Tips for the Road Series: Tip 9. Make Poetry Out of Empathy

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Nonviolent Communication includes a practice of empathy that involves listening for feelings and needs no matter how someone expresses themselves, and reflecting back the feelings and needs when it is helpful to do so. You can reflect back in a traditional NVC manner, or in…

Experiencing Gratitude

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Trainer Tip: Do you ever think you’re taking life just a little too seriously? Many of us work hard trying to improve our outlook, our ability to communicate, and our lives. Sometimes we work so hard, we forget to enjoy life. So let’s make a…

Needs, the Third Component of Compassionate Communication

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Trainer Tip: In Compassionate Communication, we consider needs to be universal. That means that while we all have the same needs, such as for love, support, shelter, food, joy, caring, etc., we choose different ways to meet our needs.

Using Anger as a Warning

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Trainer Tip: If you are feeling anger, you are experiencing an unmet need. When you recognize it as a warning signal, it can be a life-serving tool.

Tips for the Road Series: Tip 1. Ask Before Offering Advice or Suggestions

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Do you ever think you have the perfect answer for someone who is struggling? Eric offers a tip on how to approach situations like this.

Getting Our Need for Love Met

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Trainer Tip: List specific things that would signify love to you. Based on who the other person is and who you are, how could your need for love be met? Being specific is important. General statements, such as “I just want you to love me”…

Needs-Based Negotiation

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Trainer Tip: When we create situations that value one person’s needs at the expense of another, we open the door for someone to lose. Instead, look to see if you can speak openly and honestly, value the other person’s needs, and create solutions that value…

Love as a Need

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Trainer Tip: In Nonviolent Communication, we consider love to be a need. Remember that needs are universal; everyone has the same ones. We all need love, but the ways in which we express it can be very different.

The Power of Being Heard

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Trainer Tip: To defuse anger and create space for resolution, hear the other person’s feelings and needs. If this practice is new to you, you're like to experience fear and resistance in trying it out. However, you'll be more likely to experience a powerful shift,…

Be What You Want in the World

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Trainer Tip: It's up to us to get our own needs met. Mary offers some encouraging tips to do just that!

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