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
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.
'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.
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