Needs And Empathy



Needs and Empathy
Marshall B Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Topics include: Empathy do’s and don’t, distinguishing needs from strategies to meet them, and questions from other trainers.

This recording is from an International Intensive Training (IT) in Nonviolent Communication led by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph. D.

  1. Defining Empathy
  2. Mixing needs with preferences
  3. Education to serve the structure
  4. Terms and needs
  5. What is empathy
  6. We all have the same needs
  7. Mis-recognition of needs
  8. Mis-recognition of needs
  9. Street gang story
  10. Do’s and don’ts of empathy
  11. Regarding thinking
  12. Thoughts that serve a need
  13. Strategy mixed with need
  14. We are all one
  15. Words can’t describe needs
  16. Worrying about words
  17. Never speaking joke
  18. What’s your need?
  19. Words and needs
  20. Sharing of excitement
  21. The verb “to be”
  22. Feelings as needs?
  23. Poetry a need?
  24. Rejection joke

Many thanks to all the Corona 2000 IIT participants, and especially those who did deep role play work and sent in release forms. Blessings to you all for this gift. Special thanks to Ike Lasater for his support, guidance, legal and administrative efforts. Also thanks to Kay Schwarzrock for her presence and website postings. Recorded at Corona, CA 2000 – Produced and edited by Eric Altshuler. Photo by Beth Banning.

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