Marshall Rosenberg

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“Marshall Bertram Rosenberg was an American psychologist, mediator, author and teacher. Starting in the early 1960s he developed Nonviolent Communication, a process for supporting partnership and resolving conflict within people, in relationships, and in society…” continues via Wikipedia

Marshall Rosenberg (courtesy of Oren Jay Sofer)

A Definition of NVC:

The purpose of Nonviolent Communication is to strengthen our ability to inspire compassion from others and to respond compassionately to others and ourselves in order to create a quality of connection with others in which everyone’s needs are equally valued and met through natural giving.  This approach to communication emphasizes compassion  rather than fear, guilt, shame or coercion as the motivation  for action. It is about getting what you want for reasons  you will not regret later. With these processes, you can  empower yourself to make conscious, responsible choices, so others will hear the way you want to be heard.


Marshall Rosenberg on Focusing

At the seven minute mark (of the YouTube above) Marshall says, “Deep breath.  You see… Now this giraffe is glad that it has practiced focusing because it’s spent a lot of time learning how to get in touch with its feelings and needs and it can give itself some emergency first aid empathy right now to deal with what’s going on so that it can then focus its attention on the other person again.” (Note Inner Relationship Focusing’s Ann Weiser Cornell is seated beside Marshall Rosenberg.)

About Marshall Rosenberg, founder of NVC | CNVC

Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD. 1934 – 2015

Visit a Memorial Page for Marshall on Facebook and see a list of quotes about Nonviolent Communication here.

Articles About Nonviolent Communication & Dr. Marshall Rosenberg

Positive News:  Peacemaker Marshall Rosenberg Leaves Lasting Legacy of Nonviolent Communication

“A dedicated teacher, peacemaker and charismatic visionary, over his lifetime Rosenberg led NVC workshops and intensive trainings for thousands of people in over 60 countries.”

Marshall Rosenberg’s NVC Quote Collection

 My favorite of Marshall Rosenberg’s books

FULL – Nonviolent Communication Workshop – Marshall Rosenberg

Rosenberg via Oren Jay Sofer

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Politics & NVC

“I would like to suggest that when our heads are filled with judgments and analyses that others are bad, greedy, irresponsible, lying, cheating, polluting the environment, valuing profit more than life, or behaving in other ways they shouldn’t, very few of them will be interested in our needs. If we want to protect the environment, and we go to a corporate executive with the attitude, “You know, you are really a killer of the planet, you have no right to abuse the land in this way,” we have severely impaired our chances of getting our needs met. It is a rare human being who can maintain focus on our needs when we are expressing them through images of their wrongness.” – Dr. Marshall Rosenberg