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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puddledancer Press; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781892005090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892005090
  • ASIN: 1892005093
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 0.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. is the internationally acclaimed author of Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, and Speak Peace in a World of Conflict. He is the founder and educational director of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). He travels throughout the world promoting peace by teaching these remarkably effective communication and conflict resolution skills. He is based in Wasserfallenhof, Switzerland.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dustin LindenSmith on March 29 2009
Format: Paperback
I'd heard a lot of extremely positive commentary about Marshall Rosenberg, all coming from practitioners or participants of his NVC (Non-Violent Communication) programs. With that feedback in hand, the description for this product compelled me to order this book, but I'm sorry to say that I didn't find the book worthwhile.

First, even though the publication is 48 pages long, there's very little real content inside. It's extremely short, takes about a half-hour to read in its entirety, and it provides little more than a handful of (admittedly heartfelt) anecdotes about several positive interactions the author has had with his own children. However, most of the insights in this booklet are adequately described in the product description. While Rosenberg's other books may be bursting with wisdom, this one was very, very light. Not recommended, despite its low price.
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131 of 133 people found the following review helpful
Trenchant tome Aug. 20 2005
By Jean Grey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very concise little book that is written in friendly, conversational prose, as if the author were a good friend talking to you on your couch. As a busy, attachment-minded mother, I liked that it took me only half an hour or so to read, but I found myself spending more time reflecting on the lessons in the book because they were not what I was accustomed to thinking, even with my education and training as a psychotherapist. For example, our purpose-driven, aggressive society is not used to taking the time to speak very consciously and be aware of all the judgments we automatically make in our minds that manifest in our speech. This book is about becoming more aware of how we treat our children (we would seldom treat even a stranger with the everyday brusqueness and condescension we show our children, for example, the author states). I liked the small examples of everyday life that the author takes from his own experiences with his children. He talks about how our requests for things are actually thinly guised demands, and writes, "One of the most unfortuante results of making our objective to get our children to do what we want, rather than having our objective be for all of us to get what we want, is that eventually our children will be hearing a demand in whatever we are asking." The problem here is not honoring people's autonomy, which is an innate human quality that becomes threatened whenever we sense we are being forced or pushed into something. To become more effective, compassionate parents who enjoy our kids rather than resent their "disobedience", the author show us ways to guide them in life while respecting their autonomy and basic human needs to make independent choices. The author wisely distinguishes between age-appropriate choices within their reach -- the toddler, for example, who, when given the opportunity, after being role modeled generosity by his parents, chooses independently to share candy with his siblings -- and those choices that are non-negotiable, such as playing in the middle of a busy street.

Though I haven't yet mentioned it, my favorite part of the book was learning about how just about every painful or uncomfortable emotion we experience is an unmet need. This shifts the thinking away from evaluating children and ourselves in a moralistic sense and moves towards "a language based on needs". Inside the back cover of the book is a helpful table listing emotions we feel when our needs are not being met, and very simple and respectful ways we can ask others to meet our needs without trampling upon theirs.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Get the original instead July 12 2008
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I have Nonviolent Communication so this book was somewhat redundant for me. $6. for what is basically a glossy pamphlet with just the most basic of information seems like a waste of my money, AND if I'd had to pay shipping on it as well I would have felt even more ripped off. There are only 23 pages of actual information in this "booklet". This is something that should be available in a much less expensive format as a handout to parents in doctors' offices and social services where it could really make a difference to families. It is geared to people who can't or don't have the time to read much at all. It was about a 20 minute read, which might be right for people with a lot of kids, who also probably need this information the most. But, if you already have the original book, save your money.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
No Bribe Needed Says Marshall D. Rosenberg March 8 2007
By Ld Raap Van Heijden - Published on Amazon.com
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The topic is of great importance and the message is clear.

This book(let) is not widely useful with very young kids, but I like to have the non-violent communication luggage on board early on; I am sure it will come in handy once my kids grow to be the age that I be tempted to threaten or bribe them! However, I think I need to read some more of Rosenberg's to fully understand his paradigm and communication guidelines.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
8 Bucks for a Pamphlet? Dec 19 2010
By J. Davoust - Published on Amazon.com
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Recommended by a friend, I ordered this online sight unseen. I didn't realize that it was a pamphlet that I read in about 10 minutes. It contained much less information that a typical Sunday newspaper article. I agree with the subject matter, it was well presented, and it may be important enough that every parent should read it. That being said, the author and publisher should be giving this away. Honestly, to charge for this pamphlet is ridiculous.

The ideas are important. The message was important. The author must not think they are important enough to share with everyone, only those willing to pay a quarter a page.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Like Jesus, but with shoes Oct. 27 2008
By Sequoia - Published on Amazon.com
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This little gem could serve as a useful entry point to Rosenberg's sometimes arcane philosophy, since parenting is the one relationship we can't simply walk away from. You're motivated.

In this day and age, overt prejudice is shrinking, but there are a few that persist: The belief that children don't deserve the same respect as adults is almost universal, as Rosenberg shows early in this book. What if your child was your equal in some important way, that allowed you to still be their guide, but not their owner?

With any luck, you who are reading this will someday be dead and your child will not. Children are our replacements, and as such, they want the exact same thing that we want: to grant us a kind of immortality. There is not, therefore, any basis for competition between parent and child. There is no conflict of interest.

Master that in regards to parenting, and you may find that you can use it everywhere. Where is Jesus today, or Thoreau, or Ghandi? This is what "Advanced Getting Along" looks like in the 21st century.