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Where Do Jackal Voices Come From?

Article • 6 - 9 minutes • 02/2010
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
6 - 9 minutes
02/2010
The human brain is a conservative organ that comprises different systems with varying degrees of conscious awareness, which evolved in three basic stages of human history (the lizard-squirrel-monkey brain.) In my understanding, we could say, the brain has strong needs for understanding, order, predictability and…

Anatomy of a Trigger: Change Your Focus and Improve the Outcome

Article • 7-10 minutes • 10/2017
Beginner Skill Level
Article
7-10 minutes
10/2017
When you or anyone is upset, what could underneath the trigger?  There may be more than is immediately visible.  This article invites us to explore what it looks like to inquire deeper, take self-responsibility, examine our assumptions, attachments, interpretations, and "certainties" that could be hidden…

Compassionate Communication and Empathy’s Awakening

Article • 20 - 25 minutes • 2005
Beginner Skill Level
Article
20 - 25 minutes
2005
John Cunningham provides support to deepen your understanding and practice of NVC, including a sketch of the participatory and onlooker modes of consciousness, lists of feelings, needs and sample dialogues.

The Shadow Side of Autonomy

Article • 8 - 12 minutes • 01/2018
All Skill Levels
Article
8 - 12 minutes
01/2018
Could our "need for autonomy" be getting in the way of "partnership consciousness" (as NVC is sometimes called). Could "autonomy" also block healthy relationships with not only ourselves and with others, but also with the planet? This article invites us to consider how "autonomy" may…

How to Survive the Holidays: 6 Communication Tips

Article • 6 - 10 minutes • 12/18/2018
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
6 - 10 minutes
12/18/2018
For many, spending time with relatives over the holidays may be challenging. In addition to the love and care we may feel, family gatherings can bring up old hurts or expose painful differences. How many family meals have been marred by tense silence or devolved…

What the World Needs

Article • 4 - 6 minutes • 11/2008
Beginner Skill Level
Article
4 - 6 minutes
11/2008
In this written transcript of a live presentation, Inbal Kashtan shares how she first became aware of poverty. She explains how empathy is a vital and powerful force for creating peace in our world today, and a powerful means of creating a world that works…

The Power of Silent Empathy

Article • 1 page • Circa 2007
Beginner Skill Level
Article
1 page
Circa 2007
When Rita first learned about silent empathy she didn't know how soon she'd try it out. She was visiting her daughter and making comments about her life, analyzing her behavior, giving her unsolicited view on everything.

Leadership Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement

Article • 6 - 9 minutes • 11/2015
All Skill Levels
Article
6 - 9 minutes
11/2015
When we have few external resources (money, time, health connections, etc), we can still empower ourselves and one another.  We can strengthen our internal resources, inspire people to join our cause, build solidarity, and influence others who have external resources to support us and our…

Vulnerability as a Spiritual Path

Article • 3 pages • Circa 2005
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
3 pages
Circa 2005
What is a good baby? If you have been raised in a Western culture, chances are you know the answer right away (whether or not you agree with it). A good baby is one that doesn't cry! The training against vulnerability starts very early in…

Empathy Hurdles

Article • 2 pages • 11/01/2012
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
2 pages
11/01/2012
I want to hear others through the lens of the meaning their actions have for them rather than through the effect their actions have on me. The very root of empathy resides in this fundamental shift. Whenever someone’s actions are at odds with our own…

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