Compassionate communication means making your point with a concern for the wellbeing for your opponents. Humanising those we disagree with is also a very effective way of sharing a perspective, free from emotional triggers.
When we stop thinking of the world in terms of “us and them,” battle lines and contempt disappear and dialogue can begin.
In order to break out of polarised political stalemate on crucial challenges we need a clearer way of communicating. Communicating with compassion enables arguments to become dialogues, deep listening without emotional reaction allows us to come together to integrate diverse perspectives and to seek conscious, responsible solutions. Representatives of the Wellbeing Party will role model the use of compassionate communication and adhere to a code of compassionate conduct.
Watch nonviolent communication teacher Marshall Rosenberg share his experience of using words and empathy to diffuse tense situations here.