Have you ever had an experience where someone else blamed you for not meeting their needs?  Perhaps you didn’t even know that they had those needs or you didn’t believe it was your role to meet them (but they sure did!). I see this happen often in many different rel...
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Mike, a single dad of teenage daughter, Riley, was distraught.  “I’ve been doing my best to be a good Dad but she doesn’t even want to talk to me.  She’s miserable!  I always thought I would be a better Dad than my father was but it looks like I...
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Anne: A COVID-19 Case Study

October 12, 2020
This year has been challenging for everyone.  For many people, during lockdowns external life may have got quieter, but their internal dialogues got louder.  Unable to drown out their thoughts and feelings by rushing from one activity to the next, they became aware...
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Do you ever feel like your moods and emotions are at the mercy of others? I have some good news...no one can make you feel something!  Their words and actions can affect you but they don’t cause your feelings.  Your feelings are triggered by the meaning you give ...
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Know Your Needs

September 28, 2020
These are some basic needs that we all have.  This list is not exhaustive, but it's a good place to start to connect with your own needs.  Closure  Choice /Autonomy  Belonging/Inclusion  Clarity  Acknowledgement  Authenticity  Awe/Wond...
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Find Your Feelings

September 28, 2020
These are some basic, universal feelings that we all have.  This list is not exhaustive, but it is a good starting place to help you find the right words to describe how you are feeling.Confident  Delighted  Surprised  Comfortable  Calm/Peaceful ...
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My friend, Sarah, recently told me about a dream she had had.  It was a warm, sunny day and she was swimming in the sea.  A swell rolled towards her and as it started to break, she decided to body surf it.  The wave crashed into her and she went with the momen...
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The No-Fault Zone® Game

September 18, 2020
Do you want to understand yourself better and figure out why you say and do the things you do? Would you love to be able to express yourself with more clarity and confidence? Do you experience misinterpretations and misunderstandings in relationships?The No-Fault Zone® Game...
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Finding Meaning In Our Mistakes

September 14, 2020
I invite you to think about a situation in which you did something you regret.  Can you feel a physical response as you remember it?  Maybe your chest feels tight, or you feel a knot in your stomach? How do you speak to yourself about what you did?  Does it so...
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Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a compassionate, honest way of communicating that aims to foster genuine connection and understanding.  It provides a simple four-step process that helps us to express our feelings honestly and communicate our needs clearly, whilst stil...
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