Nonviolent Communication

Last night, we concluded our discussion of the book, Non-violent Communication: A Language of Life, by Marshall Rosenberg. We honed in on the chapter about Anger. We discussed Rosenberg’s ideas about the root cause of anger–that anger comes from our unmet needs. In our culture, he proposes, we tend to blame others for our anger. When we identify our unmet needs, we travel further along the path of peace. We also spoke about our relationships with our kids and some of the situations we encounter that tend to irritate or anger us. The next time I feel annoyed, I plan on asking myself, what need of mine needs to be met here? Honestly, I already asked myself this question today! The exercise seemed to help.

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