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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

Nonviolent Communication best thought of as a philosophy of language, and presents a communication technique that encourages compassion and giving from the heart. It centers around how language builds implicit power structures. It's an all-inclusive framework, but can be borrowed from as useful. The key parts are identifying observations, feelings, needs, and requests.

I got a lot from this book, and it has improved my communication with others significantly. Some ideas feel a bit out there (such as not saying "I love you", because, according to Rosenberg, it's largely meaningless), but I've incorporated the observations → feelings → needs → requests flow.


These are entirely subjective, and roughly try to capture my personal enjoyment and usefulness, and how likely I'd recommend it to others. Don't read too much into this unless you love my judgement. Rough guidelines:

A: Top quartile. Changed the way I think about something.

B: Worthwhile. I took away something useful.

C: Didn't hit, wouldn't directly recommend. Likely won't revisit.

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