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Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Creator of Nonviolent Communication

Marshall Rosenberg born in 1934 is an American psychologist and the creator of Nonviolent Communication, a communication process that helps people to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully. He is the founder and Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international nonprofit organization.

Marshall Rosenberg has developed the 'Nonviolent Communication' process over the course of 35 years, during which time he has tirelessly taught as many 250 days each year, reaching individuals, communities and organizations in over 30 countries around the globe. His public appearances and workshops are typically hosted by grass-roots organizations and teams who share his commitment to "speak peace one interaction at a time". His book Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide since 1998, mostly through word of mouth ,also from a network of Nonviolent Communication trainers and has been translated into over 20 languages.

What is Violent Communication
If " violent " means acting in ways that result in hurt or harm, then much of how we communicate with ourselves and each other could be called violent. Unaware of the impact, we judge, label, criticize, command, demand, threaten, blame, accuse, ridicule, etc. Speaking and thinking in these ways often leads to inner wounds which in turn often evolve into depression, anger or physical violence. Sadly, many of our cultures teach these " violent" methods of communication as normal and useful, so many of us find our communication efforts painful and distressed , but we don't know why.

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