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Marshall Rosenberg teaches a more meaningful way of communication. This book has brought great peace to my family, the way we interact with one another and a deeper understanding of our needs. P.S. I was the only one that read it in the family but my husband and daughter have benefited from the wisdom. They have changed because I changed. It was a truly healing transformation over a period of a year. My family no longer uses verbal or psychological violence when we speak to each other. I highly recommend this book.
I completed the foundation course in NVC recently. I then joined an NVC practice group in London to continue learning and gained an NVC buddy whom I practise with via Skype. The concepts in this book are simple but challenging to implement into daily life. The dialogues really help to give perspective of how NVC can be used to help identify feelings and needs in yourself and others in different situations. I think it’s a combination of the NVC booklets as well as an interview with Marshall at the end. I am going to use it as a guide when I’m practising so I can refer to it when I get a bit stuck. And to help me when I start the advanced trainings in NVC next year.
Maybe I'm missing something, but this book made me want to be violent! The style of writing is weird - it's akin to a transcript of an actual classroom that's been videoed and then transcribed into a script, along with asides and audience reactions.
I just found the book annoying and didn't feel it gave me anything of value. I'm all for reading the real message behind the actual words, and am generally pretty good at compromise and getting into the roots of something, but crikey! I'm highly unlikely to start talking to people the way this author suggests - they may be OK with that in America, but communicating that way in the UK is unlikely to gain much ground. It was also very repetitive.
I endured 3 chapters and then, despite my rule to finish a book once I've started it, I had to stop.
I don't write reviews often, but I've read only a quarter of this book and know intuitively that it's a life changer. Here is a method of being which has huge potential for the human community to sort itself. Highly recommend!
Very practical and easy to follow. I have great faith in the power of this method as it makes clear sense and am planning to use it to develop effective communication between my adult children and their new stepfather, who only has experience of Victorian father style parenting.