Empathic Communication™ is the set of skills and structures for creating empathic connection and generating creative, collaborative results. It is based on the ground breaking work of Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. known as Nonviolent CommunicationSM which has been used for over 40 years, on 5 continents to bring resolution and healing to people who have experienced intense and tragic conflict. The primary process in Empathic Communication™ is empathy, for both self and other, structured as alternating processes that energize the process of co-creation.
Involving both our imaginations and our speech, Empathic Communication™ has two separate dimensions; that which happens in our consciousness and that which we say and do. Good results require both. Without the intent to find a solution that satisfies everyone’s fundamental needs and values, no communication technique alone will create lasting results. Conversely, without skill, often our best intentions remain unfulfilled.
EMPATIA draws on a variety of approaches to enhance integration and execution of these steps. For example, drawing on contemporary neurobiological research on brain dominance, EMPATIA offers an approach that jump starts the empathic process through a thumbnail recognition of thinking styles. Drawing also on the great wisdom traditions, EMPATIA encourages meditation and the creative arts to increase awareness and empathic capacity.