Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships

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What is Violent Communication?  If “violent” means acting in ways that result in hurt or harm, then much of how we communicate—judging others, bullying, having racial bias, blaming, finger pointing, discriminating, speaking without listening, criticizing others or ourselves, name-calling, reacting when angry, using political rhetoric, being defensive or judging who’s “good/bad” or what’s “right/wrong” with people—could indeed be called “violent communication.”
What is Nonviolent Communication? Nonviolent Communication is the integration of 4 things:
  • Consciousness: A set of principles that support living a life of compassion, collaboration, courage, and authenticity.
  • Language: Understanding how words contribute to connection or distance.
  • Communication: Knowing how to ask for what you want, how to hear others even in disagreement, and how to move forward towards solutions that work for all.
  • Means of influence: Sharing “power with others” rather than using “power over others”.

NVC serves our desire to do three things:

  • Increase our ability to live with choice, meaning, and connection
  • Connect empathically with self and others to have more satisfying relationships
  • Sharing of resources so everyone is able to benefit


Nonviolent Communication connects soul to soul, creating a lot of healing. It is the missing element in what we do.”  —Deepak Chopra, author of How To Know God

“Dr. Rosenberg
has brought the simplicity of successful communication into the foreground. No matter what issue you’re facing, his strategies for communicating with others will set you up to win every time.” Anthony Robbins,author, Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power

“Marshall Rosenberg’s
dynamic communication techniques transform potential conflicts into peaceful dialogues and create compassionate connections. I highly recommend this book.”  — John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus

"You have to be able to say, 'Where is this person coming from?' he says. 'What makes them tick? Why are they excited or frustrated by something that is happening, whether it’s about computing or beyond computing?' There’s far more to McCracken’s outstanding piece. Nadella gave him a close and honest look at both himself and Microsoft, and the result is a fun must-read." —
Ben Kerschberg, Forbes

"Upon becoming Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella asked his top executives to read Marshall Rosenberg's
Nonviolent Communication. . . . If empathy as a measure of emotional IQ is a predictor of success, then Nadella hit the nail on the head by inculcating the corporate giant with the trait from top to bottom. Why else is empathy important? Microsoft is both a services and a product company, and its offerings have to resonate with users. Nadella states: 'You have to be able to say, "Where is this person coming from? What makes them tick? Why are they excited or frustrated by something that is happening, whether it's about computing or beyond computing?"' — Harry McCracken, Fast Company

"The 1 Book That Transformed Microsoft's Culture from Cutthroat to Creative." — 
Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD