Marshall Rosenberg

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Marshall B. Rosenberg
Rosenberg lecturing in Nonviolent Communication workshop, Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam, Israel (1990)
Born (1934-10-06)October 6, 1934
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Died February 7, 2015(2015-02-07) (aged 80)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Residence Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison (Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology in 1961)
Occupation Psychologist
Known for Nonviolent Communication

Marshall Rosenberg (October 6, 1934 – February 7, 2015) was an American psychologist. He was the creator of Nonviolent Communication, a communication process that "helps people to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully." He was the founder and former Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international non-profit organization.[1]


Rosenberg was born in Canton, Ohio. His parents, Jean (Weiner) Rosenberg and Fred Rosenberg, moved to Detroit, Michigan one week prior to the race riots of 1943. He graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit.

In 1961, Rosenberg received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he studied under Carl Rogers[2] and in 1966 was awarded Diplomate status in clinical psychology from the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology. He lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the Center for Nonviolent Communication's office is located. He died at home on February 7th, 2015.[3]


While Rosenberg is most well known for his work with conflict resolution through his system of "life-serving" Nonviolent Communication (NVC), he has also made education reform a major component of his work.[citation needed]


According to Albert Ellis, Ted Crawford, who wrote a book Making Intimate Connections with Ellis, "particularly liked the anger-resisting philosophy of Marshall Rosenberg and made presentations on it."[4]



  • (2012) Living Nonviolent Communication: Practical Tools to Connect and Communicate Skillfully in Every Situation. (288 pages; compilation of prior short works) Sounds True. ISBN 978-1604077872
  • (2005) Being Me, Loving You: A Practical Guide to Extraordinary Relationships. (80 pages) ISBN 978-1892005168
  • (2005) Practical Spirituality: The Spiritual Basis of Nonviolent Communication. (32 pages) ISBN 978-1892005144
  • (2005) Speak Peace in a World of Conflict: What You Say Next Will Change Your World. (240 pages) Encinitas, CA: PuddleDancer Press. ISBN 1-892005-17-4
  • (2005) The Surprising Purpose of Anger: Beyond Anger Management: Finding the Gift. (48 pages) ISBN 978-1892005151
  • (2004) Getting Past the Pain Between Us: Healing and Reconciliation Without Compromise. (48 pages) ISBN 978-1892005076
  • (2004) The Heart of Social Change: How to Make a Difference in Your World. (45 pages) ISBN 978-1892005106
  • (2004) Raising Children Compassionately: Parenting the Nonviolent Communication Way. (48 pages) ISBN 978-1892005090
  • (2004) Teaching Children Compassionately: How Students and Teachers Can Succeed with Mutual Understanding (41 pages) ISBN 978-1892005113
  • (2004) We Can Work It Out: Resolving Conflicts Peacefully and Powerfully. (32 pages) ISBN 978-1892005120
  • (2003) Life-Enriching Education: NVC Helps Schools Improve Performance, Reduce Conflict and Enhance Relationships. (192 pages) Encinitas, CA: PuddleDancer Press. ISBN 1-892005-05-0
  • (2003) Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. (222 pages) Second Edition. Encinitas, CA: PuddleDancer Press. ISBN 1-892005-03-4
  • (1986) Duck Tales and Jackal Taming Hints. Booklet. (Out of Print)
  • (1983) A Model for Nonviolent Communication. (35 pages) Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers. ISBN 0865710295
  • (1973) Mutual Education: Toward Autonomy and Interdependence. Bernie Straub Publishing Co. (Out of Print) ISBN 0-87562-040-X
  • (1968) Diagnostic Teaching Special Child Publications (Out of Print) ISBN 0-87562-013-2



  1. ^ Life History Studies of Committed Lives, Vol. 3, Chapter 7, Marshall Rosenberg. Witty, Marjorie C. 1990 UMI Dissertation Information Service, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Marshall B. (1983). A Model for Nonviolent Communication. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers. ISBN 0865710295. 
  3. ^ "Obituaries: Rosenberg, Marshall B. Dr.". Albuquerque Journal. 15 Feb 2015. Retrieved 20 Feb 2015. 
  4. ^ Joffe-Ellis, Albert Ellis with Debbie (2010). All out! : an autobiography. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books. p. 472. ISBN 9781591024521. 
  5. ^ De Witt, Daren (5 March 2015). "Peacemaker leaves lasting legacy of Nonviolent Communication". Positive News. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 

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