Marshall Rosenberg – Pioneer in Non-Violent Communication

Marshall Rosenberg, PHD, is an accomplished author, speaker and crusader in bringing awareness to non-violent communication skills. Born October 6, 1934 to Jewish parents, his family relocated from Ohio to Michigan immediately prior to the race riots that happened when he was nine years old.

Moving to Michigan exposed Rosenberg to constant violence in different forms. Rather than participate in the cultural norms around him, Rosenberg instead decided to explore the causes and ways to have non-violent communication and positive encounters. As a result, Marshall Rosenberg attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1961. By 1966, he earned the honor of diplomat status through the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology.

Over the years, Rosenberg has become one of the leading experts among self help authors and personal development books. As his practice grew, interest in non-violent communication training was birthed during the civil rights movement in the 1960's. At this time, Rosenberg was a mediator between the students who were rioting and the college administrators to help make peaceful transitions during desegregation.

Marshall Rosenberg ultimately founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication, where he is now acting as the director of education services. Offices, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, continue to provide services to clients worldwide. His office provides books, training and seminars for individuals, counselors, police departments, educators, clergy, attorneys, health care providers and mental health.

Perhaps Rosenberg's largest contributions have been the many peace programs he has initiated in war torn areas internationally. Countries such as Nigeria, Malaysia, Burundi, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Ireland and the Middle East have been part of his outreach for furthering NVC. In 2006, Rosenberg received the Bridge of Peace Non-violent Award for his efforts to bring peaceful resolution and communication skills to war torn areas.

Rosenberg has authored multiple personal development books, offering self improvement advice on a wide range of topics. His premises are based on ideas from Neil postman, Carl Rogers, and Riane Eisler and others. His theory is that people express feelings in terms of what has been done to us, and as a result use unhealthy demands or coercion.

Personal development books by Rosenberg include specifically targeted audiences.

'Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life' is one of Rosenberg's books that teaches the basic premises of nonviolent communication. In this book, Rosenberg offers practical skills through insightful stories, role playing exercises, anecdotes, and a new vocabulary. This book is designed to be a simple introduction to nonviolent communication, by offering tools to eliminate violence through individual interactions. The ultimate goal is a peaceful life because violence is eliminated.

This book also comes with a companion workbook to help the reader identify areas that need to be changed. Since there are many new concepts and vocabulary words, this workbook is a great resource for a chapter by chapter study.

'The Surprising Purpose of Anger: Beyond Anger Management: Finding the Gift' is one of the best tools available for understanding anger. As Rosenberg says, "Anger can be a wonderful wake up call to help you understand what you need and what you value". The premise of this book is that anger stems from needs that are not being met. The book teaches the best ways to handle anger, as well as how to respond to others anger. There needs to be genuine empathy when dealing with other people's anger as well. This is a short read that offers a wealth of self improvement advice out there that will transform lives. This is a perfect starter book for those who don't want to read longer personal development books.

'Raising Children Compassionately: Parenting the Nonviolent Communication Way' is a book designed to improve family dynamics. Much of Rosenberg's philosophy is that punishment prevents us from discovering the genuine need. When children (or adults) feel they "should" do something, it creates resentment. NVC within the family dynamic can help create a mutually respectful family dynamic, with clear communication. It can also decrease conflicts. The ultimate aim is for children to cooperate without the threat of punishment, or the bribery of a reward.

'Practical Spirituality: The Spiritual Basis of Nonviolent Communication' is based on Rosenberg's belief that our "most basic spiritual need is to contribute to the well being of others and ourselves". This book uses the spiritual basis of NVC to help you connect to yourself and others through empathy and compassion. This book aims to help the reader achieved a practical, applied spirituality. The reader will learn how to connect actions and spiritual values, connect with others through compassion, and to eliminate the traditional moral judgments against others to find out common humanity.

'Speak Peace in a World of conflict: What You Say Next Will Change Your World' is a book that teaches that every conversation you have is an opportunity to promote either peace, or violence. This book demonstrates the power of language. The aim is to create a peaceful planet by individuals taking the initiative to develop an internal consciousness of peace, based on everyday language.
This is not a "read it and leave it book". It is an ongoing practice book to help realign mindsets to help create a peaceful environment in every relationship. Whether personal, professional or social, the words you say have power, and picking the right words are important to facilitate a better world.

Rosenberg uses stories and lessons that he has accumulated in over 40 years of mediating conflicts within some of the most violent, war torn parts of the world.

'Getting Past the Pain Between Us: Healing and Reconciliation Without Compromise' is a short book (only 48 pages), offering self improvement advice on emotional pain. Whether it is the past abuse or not living up to expectation, Rosenberg reveals that the emotional pain is caused by unmet needs. In this book, he offers simple steps that are necessary for conciliation, transformation of relationships, and healing to occur. This book uses primarily role play and examples for this goal. This book is a great tool not only for counselors, but for families, couples and individuals, as well as those working in the mental health field.

Marshall Rosenberg Quotes

Perhaps the strongest message that Marshall Rosenberg strives to get across in his nonviolent communication methods include can be summed up in a few key quotes.

"Get very clear about the kind of world we would like and then start living that way."
~ Marshall Rosenberg Quotes ~

The above quote is one of the most revealing Marshall Rosenberg quotes. It places the responsibility on the individual to initiate change in communication and, well just about everything else, too, which ultimately impacts not only personal relationships, but business and social relationships as well.

"Understanding the other persons' needs does not mean you have to give up on your own needs."
~ Marshall Rosenberg Quotes ~

This is one of those quotes which speaks of the very, very important concept of human needs [LINK] and empowers the individual. (Being willing and able to identify and meet your own needs empowers you tremendously!) Even though we can actively emphasize with another person, we still must be aware of the things that we want and need, and take actions to make sure those needs are met.

"Nonviolent communication gives us tools and understanding to create a more peaceful state of mind."
~ Marshall Rosenberg Quotes ~

Finding inner peace is high on many people's list of wants, and even though his primary focus is on human communication, ultimately, Rosenberg wants his audience to work towards a more peaceful self, more peaceful relationship, and a more peaceful world. This starts inside each individual.

There are many resources with this tremendous speaker and author that can help the reader implement an understanding of nonviolent communication. The results are limitless, as the practice of thinking about your words carries power in every area of life.

Nonviolent communication is a strong basis for every relationship. It can be used alone, or in conjunction with counseling or outside issues to bring a more peaceful mindset to anyone who is willing to really try to reach their individual goals.

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