Miguel Venancio-Nonviolent Communication

Author of Book: Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD
Date Read: April 30, 2024

Book Report

Nonviolent Communication
A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships
By: Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD


In “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life,” Marshall B. Rosenberg presents a revolutionary approach to communication that has the potential to transform relationships, resolve conflicts, and foster a culture of empathy and understanding. This book review will explore the key concepts, strengths, and applications of Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process, highlighting its relevance and impact on personal and professional relationships.


At the heart of NVC is a simple yet profound idea that our communication can be a force for either violence or compassion, depending on our intentions and approach. Rosenberg argues that traditional communication patterns often rely on coercion, blame, and judgment, leading to hurt feelings, damaged relationships, and even physical violence. In contrast, NVC offers a non-judgmental and empathetic approach that focuses on understanding and meeting the needs of all parties involved.

The NVC process consists of four key components: observation, feeling, need, and request. By separating these elements, individuals can express themselves clearly and honestly without resorting to blame or aggression. Observation involves describing concrete actions or situations without interpreting or evaluating them. Feeling entails expressing one’s emotions without judgment, taking ownership of one’s experience. Need refers to the underlying desires, values, or longings that drive our actions and emotions. Finally, request involves making specific and doable asks that meet the needs of all parties.

My Thoughts and What I relate to:

As someone who grew up in poverty, surrounded by gangs and marginalized communities, I know firsthand the struggles of effective communication. For a long time, I struggled to express myself, and my shyness held me back from connecting with others. But as I’ve worked to overcome my trust issues and improve my communication skills, I’ve come to realize the power of empathy and understanding.

Marshall B. Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” has been a game-changer for me. His approach to communication is revolutionary, and it’s helped me understand the importance of active listening, empathy, and honest expression. I’ve learned that communication is not just about speaking, but also about listening and understanding the other person’s perspective.

One of the things that resonated with me the most was Rosenberg’s emphasis on self-reflection and personal growth. As someone who’s had to work hard to overcome my circumstances, I know that self-improvement is key to success. And that’s exactly what this book offers – a toolkit for personal growth and effective communication.

I also appreciated Rosenberg’s use of real-life examples and anecdotes. It made the book feel more relatable and accessible, especially for someone like me who’s still working on their vocabulary and communication skills. And let me tell you, it’s been a journey! From using slang to learning more formal language, it’s been a process, but it’s worth it.

What I love most about this book is that it’s not just about communication – it’s about empathy, understanding, and compassion. It’s about seeing the humanity in others and treating them with kindness and respect. And that’s something that I think we all need more of, especially in today’s world.

If I have any criticism, it’s that the book could benefit from more diverse examples and case studies. As someone who’s experienced racial disparity and marginalization, I know that communication can look different in differed contexts. But overall, this book has been a valuable resource for me and I’m grateful for the lessons it has taught me.


“Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their communication skills and empathy. It’s a book that’s helped me on my journey of self-discovery and empowerment, and I know it can do the same for others.