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Eddie Zacapa
"Domestic Violence Counselor"
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44 years old
California
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Last Login: 5/23/2008

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Who is not, but should be newsworthy today?
Marshall Rosenberg and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) should recieve more news coverage. He teaches and demonstrates a four step communication process that enables compassionate communication to take place.

Some people know NVC as giraffe language. It is known as the language of the giraffe because the giraffe has the largest heart of all the land mammals. A giraffe's heart is about 3 feet long and weighs about 27 pounds. NVC, or giraffe language, focuses on what is in the heart (feelings and needs).

The first step involves stating the facts (observation) without judging others. The cardinal giraffe rule is "Do not judge." So many times we diagnose others and their behavior instead of making an observation. For instance we may say, "You never wash the dishes. You are lazy." This is a judgment. In NVC we would say, "I noticed that you did not wash the dishes today."

The second and third step is about sharing what is in your heart - your feelings and needs. For instance saying, "I feel frustrated because I need cooperation."

The fourth step involves making a specific request that will meet your need.

Giraffes also focus on listening to others feelings and needs by fishing for their needs. This can be done by asking the question, "Are you feeling ____ because you _____ need?"

I believe that if we can communicate with love and respect the world will be a better place. NVC helps us do just that.
What current events or circumstances should receive more news coverage?
Domestic Violence, Child Abuse
Who is today's most absurd role model?
no comment
What cause do you believe in enough to take action?
Domestic Violence, child abuse, and teaching parents tools that enable them to connect with their children and foster a loving relationship.
For what causes have you taken action in the past?
Domestic violence, child abuse, and providing parenting workshops for parents.
What is the best book you've read about bettering the world?
Nonviolent communication by Marshall Rosenberg

Other books that have greatly influenced me include:

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, Parenting from the Heart by Inbal Kashtan, Teaching Children Compassionately by Marshall Rosenberg,The Heart of Social Change by Marshall Rosengberg, and Masterplan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman.

Currently reading: The Four Agreements and Sacred Marriage
What is a socially-conscious website that everyone should know about?
www.mystreet.com - about neighborhoods banning together in a real way
www.reshapesociety.com - a site that enables people to connect and work together to better society
www.harmonyheart.blogspot.com - This is my website. Feel free to check it out. It is a site designed to inspire others to get in touch with what is most important.
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