Nonviolent Communication

Pierre-Louis Anceau, Iconfinder, edited by Samuel Whitcomb

Nonviolent Communication is a different way of communicating with others where you are fully responsible for what you think and feel. The intention of NVC is to develop a quality of connection that makes it possible to contribute to each other's lives with a basis on needs. Feelings are signals of (un)fulfilled needs. NVC asks for your intention to connect and to let go of your previously devised strategy or outcome in the dialogue. AI-Opener has many different trainings (mostly provided in Dutch) that teach NVC and how to practice it everyday.

The intention and skills of Nonviolent Communication are applicable in three contexts. First, for ourselves, as individuals. The way I take care of myself determines the freedom of choice I have in my contact with others. Second, Nonviolent Communication supports with conversational skills. The way we communicate has a great influence on the quality of our (working) relationships. And thirdly, Nonviolent Communication helps to set up our systems (such as families or organizations) in a different way. Because living and working together requires more than skills of a single individual.


Nonviolent or Connecting Communication encourages us to focus our attention on what we and the other person perceive, how we feel, what our underlying needs are, and what each of us would like.



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