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A List of Feelings We All Have (Emotions and Sensations)

Beginner Skill Level •  Learning Tool •  30 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Learning Tool
30 minutes

The following list of words are used to express a combination of emotional states and physical sensations. This list 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.


A List of Needs We All Have

Beginner Skill Level •  Learning Tool •  30 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Learning Tool
30 minutes

In a 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 a deep internal need. The following list of needs is neither exhaustive nor definitive.


NVC Basics: A Foundational Course (6 Session Course)

Beginner Skill Level •  Audio •  6 hours, 49 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Audio
6 hours, 49 minutes

Sylvia Haskvitz uses 20+ years of experience to introduce the core concepts of Nonviolent Communication, leaving you grounded in the basics and ready to make transformative improvements to the quality of your communication.


Get Started with Nonviolent Communication

Introductory Skill Level •  Interactive •  30 days
Introductory Skill Level
Interactive
30 days

Start here to discover how Nonviolent Communication (NVC) will enrich and deepen all your relationships. You'll love this practical and enlightening approach to empathic listening and effective self-expression. Learn on your schedule with self-paced learning modules in this 30-day program. Our 30-day NVC introductory course is conveniently available within the Library to all NVC Library subscribers.


A List of Feelings We All Have (Emotions and Sensations)

Introductory Skill Level •  Learning Tool •  N/A
Introductory Skill Level
Learning Tool
N/A

The following list of words are used to express a combination of emotional states and physical sensations. This list 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.


Get Started with Nonviolent Communication

 •  Self-paced Course •  30 days

Self-paced Course
30 days
  • Start here to discover how Nonviolent Communication (NVC) will enrich and deepen all your relationships.
  • You'll love this practical and enlightening approach to empathic listening and effective self-expression.
  • Learn on your schedule with self-paced learning modules in this 30-day program. 

A List of Needs We All Have

Introductory Skill Level •  Learning Tool •  N/A
Introductory Skill Level
Learning Tool
N/A

In a 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 a deep internal need. The following list of needs is neither exhaustive nor definitive.


Differentiating Between Feelings And Faux Feelings

Introductory Skill Level •  Learning Tool •  N/A
Introductory Skill Level
Learning Tool
N/A

This chart is intended as an aid to translating words that are often confused with feelings. These words imply that someone is doing something to you and generally connote wrongness or blame. To use this list, when somebody says “I’m feeling rejected,” you might translate this as: “Are you feeling scared because you have a need for inclusion?”


Naming the Feeling/Need

Beginner Skill Level •  Audio •  3 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Audio
3 minutes

When you experience an emotion, your body send a message to your brain that lights up the amygdala. Then what?  Listen as Sarah Peyton demonstrates of the NVC practice Naming the Feeling and Need, which calms the amygdala and enables you to move into relational space.


Feelings vs. Thoughts Vocabulary Builder

Beginner Skill Level •  Practice Exercise •  10 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Practice Exercise
10 minutes

This ten question exercise will help build your feelings vocabulary. It is helpful to differentiate between words that describe what we think others are doing around us, and words that describe actual feelings. These "faux feelings" often reveal more about how we think others are behaving than what we are actually feeling ourselves. Feeling words are always about us, not the other person.


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