What is Nonviolent Communication (NVC)?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC, aka: Compassionate Communication) is a communication method developed by Dr Marshall Rosenberg to increase awareness of the perceptions, feelings and needs surrounding our interactions with others. NVC is based on the premise that every action is an attempt to meet a need. Without an awareness of these underlying needs, it is easy for us to get stuck in reactionary, unhelpful behavioural patterns.

This framework focuses on our universal need to connect, helping us bypass habitual responses and replacing them with non-judgmental listening and expression of real empathy.


What are the benefits?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offers people a practical way to connect to their humanity and find awareness around their choices based on their needs and what serves life. It provides a means to explore alternative strategies of managing and expressing emotions and relating in respectful, compassionate ways.


How did Ruth learn about it

Ruth was introduced to Nonviolent Communication in 2009 and has been a trainer of the process since 2012. It has revolutionised the way in which she communicates and relates with others. Like Gandhi, she is convinced that peace in the world must first begin with peace within. Practicing Nonviolent Communication enables us to transform conflict, pain, shame, and grief into connection, love, compassion and peace.


How can I learn more?

Below are some resources that will give you an overview of the basic principles. To be equipped with the tools to start your own journey of using Nonviolent Communication (aka. Compassionate Communication) in your workplace or family you can sign up for our next course.

Restorative Interactions offers face to face Introductions and Foundation trainings and consultation for individuals, groups and organisations looking to resolve conflict, deepen relationships and improve communication. Contact Ruth: ruth@restorativeinteractions.com for further details.