What is Nonviolent Communication?

What is Nonviolent Communication?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a communication framework developed by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s. It is a method for expressing our needs and feelings in a way that promotes mutual understanding and compassion, without resorting to criticism, blame, or aggression.

NVC emphasizes four key components in communication: observation, feeling, needs, and request. Observations refer to the factual, non-judgmental descriptions of what we are seeing or hearing, rather than evaluations or interpretations. Feelings refer to the emotions that arise in response to what we observe. Needs refer to the underlying human needs that drive our feelings. Requests are the specific actions we ask others to take to meet our needs.

By using NVC, we can learn to communicate with more empathy, respect, and clarity, while also improving our ability to listen and understand others. The ultimate goal of NVC is to create more peaceful and harmonious relationships, both in our personal and professional lives.

Shervan K Shahhian

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