Nonviolent Communication - or Empathic or Compassionate Communication, as it is also called - has been developed by the US-american psychologist Marshall B. Rosenberg.
It is a most effective way to connect with oneself and others even in conflict and to access a wider potential of solutions.
The connection with one's own feelings and needs and the openess to the feelings and needs of others enables everyone involved to be more authentic and gain more freedom. Connecting in their common humanity gives rise to understanding, empathy and the willingness to negotiate new creative ways that meet everybodys needs.
The purpose of Nonviolent Communication is to support an empathic presence that enables us:
Nonviolent Communication can be applied in all areas of life, from private to organisations, social service and business. It is most helpful in those areas, where we would so much like to be empathic but often have the hardest time with it: in dealing with ourselves, in our relationships, in our families as well as in the workplace.