The Inner Bridge
Nine Styles of Communication Online course

When we hear the other person’s feelings and needs we recognize our common humanity.

Marshall Rosenberg

Nine Styles of Communication Online course

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Nine Styles of Communication

Week One: Patterns of Communication

Depending on our personalities we tend to communicate and relate in a certain way.

When situations get emotionally charged, the way I react is showing me a particular style of relating to others.

Do I need to always be right?

Do I tend to agree no matter what, to avoid conflict?

Do I shut down and go quiet to protect myself?

Do I make jokes to deal with the tension?

Am I using sarcasm to express my anger?

The way I communicate is the way I am.

Week Two: Constructive Conflict

How do I relate to conflict depends on my assumptions about myself and others.

Conflict can be really uncomfortable, that is why we avoid it, and yet it is part of life.

When we use conflict as an opportunity to learn and connect it becomes a fertile space for honest communication.

Week Three: Dealing with our so-called “negative” emotions; Sadness and Anger.

Understanding the role of our emotions allows us to welcome them, rather than denying or pushing them away.

The hidden purpose of anger is to provide the energy to bring about a necessary change or to establish healthy boundaries.

We need our sadness to be able to grieve. Sitting with our sadness in an intimate encounter allows us to come to terms with our losses in life.

Week Four: Assertiveness: The Art of me being me and you being you.

When I listen to myself, I can listen to you. There is enough space for both, no matter if you are my son, my boss or my partner.

When I engage in a sincere dialogue with myself, paradoxically I become a better listener, because I am no longer getting in the way.

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