Leadership & Professional Communication

 
 

Nonviolent Communication; Marshall Rosenberg, PhD

Learning the difference between violent and nonviolent communication allows you to see all of the ways you may be inadvertantly having a negative impact on your life and the lives of those around you through violent communication. WHen I first started reading this book, I thought violent communication would only be more aggressive forms of communication like bullying, name-calling, belittling, etc but I soon found out it was so much more than that. Criticizing ourselves and others, implicit biases, passive aggressive talk, judgment, black-and-white thinking...harm to ourselves and others comes from so much more than aggressive dialogue. Through the help of this book, you can learn more about your own patterns of violent communication and those of others, where they come from and how to begin rewiring your communication patterns to more inclusive, non-violent forms. I think this book is one that you can read in snippets, oftentimes with me only assigning a chapter or 2 to a patient, and the nice thing is that there are so many tangible skills throughout the book that it really gives you opportunities to make those concrete and subconscious changes in how you communicate.