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Communication Skills

Communication problems arise in many ways to plague our relationships, from speaking indirectly, being distracted, and misunderstanding context all the way to abusive outbursts. We all come from a unique context that colors how we understand and communicate with others: some of us have brains that find it difficult to interpret figurative language; some of us come from families where we are expected to be loud and boisterous; some of us are from communities that that find it rude to ask direct questions. When we add emotional interpretations to how we communicate—like “they don’t respect me” or “I’m so stupid because I misunderstood”—we can shut down, lash out, or become passive-aggressive. Improving our communication skills always starts with listening: both to other people and our own assumptions. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

The communication technique of Non-Violent Communication (NVC) developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg provides a way to communicate with our partners safely and peacefully. - William Stierle

A Conversation with Marshall B. Rosenberg

People can change how they think and communicate. They can treat themselves with much more respect, and they can learn from their limitations without hating themselves.

Interview with Marshall Rosenberg: The Traveling Peacemaker

Whether he’s working in a war-torn area or an inner-city slum, Rosenberg’s goal is the same: to teach and encourage compassionate communication

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