The Purpose Of Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent communication is a tool that we can use to resolve conflicts at both the individual and collective levels. By focusing on identifying the needs of individuals and groups instead of the assigning blame for circumstances, nonviolent communication has the potential to heal the wounds most of us feel deep inside us. When we succeed in nonviolent communication, we are able to meet both our own needs and the needs of those we love. We begin to live from a place of “natural giving” which is where true joy and happiness emerges. A sustainable human society will emerge naturally if we focus on identifying and meeting not just the material needs of people but also the emotional needs as well.

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Scholarly Articles:

McCain, David R. (2014) Stepping Back To Move Forward: How the Skills of Empathic Dialogue Surrort Interpersonal CommunicationBy David R. McCain A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities Northern Arizona University December 2014.

Sears, Melanie S.(2013) Nonviolent Communication: Application to Health Care. (Link will Download the zip file) A Dissertation Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy in Transpersonal Psychology, International University of Professional Studies, Maui Hawaii, 2013.

Juncadella, Carme Mampel (2013) What is the impact of the application of the Nonviolent communication model on the development of empathy? Overview of research and outcomes. MSc in Psychotherapy Studies School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield: 142

Shen, Sherry (Chen Yu) (2013) Mindful practices for the health promotion and empowerment of institutionalized youth and young adults in Peru Master Internship Report, Master of Public Health, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH), The University of Arizona Thesis.


M.A. Thesis, Rollins School of Public Hdealth of Emory University. A Collaborative Communication workshop was evaluated for effectiveness in furthering targeted skills, intentions, behaviors and outcomes. Based on Nonviolent Communications(NVC), the workshop seeks to enhance wellbeing by fostering intra- and interpersonal relationships of compassion, connection, collaboration and caring. Evidence indicates that success could also help reduce the burden of depression, suicide, violence, and other concerns.

Young, Lissa (2011). PhD Thesis, Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston The Expression of Nonviolence in Communication and its Relation to Physical and Mental Health: Development and Validation of a Coding System for Measuring the Expression of Nonviolence in Communication between Intimate Partners in Conflict Situations: This pilot study was the second part of a program of research designed to address a dearth of literature on nonviolence in communication and the lack of a valid measure of the expression of nonviolence in communication. This study used qualitative responses to a single scenario portraying a conflict situation between intimate partners to develop a coding scheme to measure the expression of nonviolence in communication.

Jones, Suzanne (2009) Traditional Education or Partnership Education: Which Educational Approach Might Best Prepare Students for the Future? MA Thesis, Communication, San Diego, California. USA. San Diego University: 203.

Little, Marion (2008) Total Honesty/Total Heart: Fostering empathy development and conflict resolution skills. A violence prevention strategy. MA Thesis, Dispute Resolution, Victoria, B.C. Canada. University of Victoria: 286.

Nash, A.L. (2007) Case Study of Tekoa Institute: Illustration of Nonviolent Communication Training Effect on Conflict Resolution. MS Sociology. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia: 40

Hulley, W. C. (2006). Mindful Counseling: Nonviolent Communication as a Mahayana Skillful Means. Department of Religious Studies. Boulder, Colorado, USA, Naropa University. Master of Divinity: 78.

Jones, R. (2005). Understandingthe nature of empathy: A personal perspective. Counseling and Psychotherapy. MA Thesis,Counseling and Psychotherapy, London, University of East London: 64.

Beck, S. R. (2005). Developing Nonviolent Communication: An Integral Approach, MA Thesis, Dept. of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: 105 pages.

Blake, S. M. (2002). A Step Toward Violence Prevention: Non-Violent Communication as Part of a College Curriculum. MA Thesis, Department of Communication. Boca Raton, Florida, Florida Atlantic University: 122.

Steckal, D. S. (1994). Compassionate Communication and Levels of participant Empathy and Self-compassion. PhD Thesis, United States International University Library. San Diego, CA.


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