NVC is a communication process developed by Dr Marshall Rosenberg who in 1961 received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he studied under Carl Rogers, a major proponent of Humanistic Psychology.
NVC is based on a realisation that solutions to interpersonal problems tend to present themselves more readily if we aim to foster connection.
NVC considers that human beings resort to behaviour that harms others when they don't recognise more useful
strategies for meeting needs. NVC practice is about learning effective ways of identifying and communicating our
needs, the needs of others, and the feelings that surround these needs, so that harmony in relationships
can be achieved.
NVC focuses on a number of aspects in communication:
• Self-empathy - a deep awareness of one's own inner experience.
• Feelings - identifying and expressing feelings.
• Needs - identifying and expressing needs.
• Requests - asking in clear, positive action language for what we want.
• Connection - a fundamental and universal human need.
• Observation - a dispassionate point of likely agreement.
• Empathy - openhearted listening to another's feelings and needs.
• Authenticity - genuineness, realness, truthfulness.
• Integrity - adhering to standards of decency and fairness.
The practice groups listed below have been inspired by NVC principles and they may also incorporate other modalities and sources of inspiration.