What is NVC – Nonviolent Communication

NVC stands for Nonviolent Communication - communication that is compassionate and honest in nature and that takes responsibility for one's own thoughts, feelings, needs and actions.

What are some of the principles of NVC?

NVC is based on the understanding that: 

1) Each of us has the ability to be compassionate towards others AND towards ourselves; 

2) All humans (to the best of our knowledge) share the same basic physical and emotional needs

3) All of us are inherently driven to meet these needs;

4) Conflict does NOT arise from your needs but from what you do while trying to get your needs met; and 

5) The level of harmony in your life increases when everyone’s needs are acknowledged and honoured.

Who started the international NVC movement?

NVC was founded by Dr Marshall Rosenberg MD. who was deeply disheartened by the violence going on in his home town - Detroit, USA whilst at the same time being inspired by his grandmother who had a naturally compassionate nature.
He went on to study clinical psychology  and later developed his peace-keeping techniques which are taught in at least 60 different countries around the world.
You can find more about NVC through the main international website here: www.cnvc.org
And also the umbrella UK website that I co-founded here: www.nvc-uk.com

Why did he choose the word Nonviolent?

A lot of people think that the only form of violence is physical. Marshall, influenced by Gandhi, saw things differently.  He used this term to align himself with Gandhi's movement of nonviolence. The word comes from the Sanscrit - 'Ahimsa' - which means  'cause no injury  - including with one's deeds, words and thoughts'.
NVC is sometimes also known as Compassionate Communication.