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By Jane Verity

Compassionate communication is the art of connecting with another person, heart-to-heart. It brings us in touch withour natural empathy, enabling us to overcome labelling language that blocks compassionate interactions.

Compassion is the Key

Success lies in discovering what compassion means, what blocks it, and how to apply it effectively.

Professor Marshall Rosenberg, author of Nonviolent Communication, defines compassion as:

  • Our  innate desire to enrich another person’s life.
  • The joy we experience when our actions nurture another person.

A good way to start is to think of someone with whom we have a natural bond such as a close friend or family member. This will help us get in touch with your compassionate human qualities.

What blocks compassionate responses?

Compassionate responses can be unconsciously blocked through analysing, judging, and labelling, which isolates us from the vulnerability of other people. This approach tends to put us in a position where we act as if we know better. This alienates us from compassionately stepping into the shoes of the other person and discovering out how they feel.


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