Nonviolent Communication Related Readings

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  • Becker, Ernest; The Revolution In Psychiatry: The New Understanding Of Man; New York: Free Press, 1964.
  • Benedict, Ruth; “Synergy-Patterns Of The Good Culture;” Psychology Today, June, 1970.
  • Bowles, Samuel & Gintis, Herbert; Schooling in Capitalist America: Educational Reform and the Contradictions of Economic Life; New York: Basic Books, 1976.
  • Buber, Martin; I and Thou; New York: MacMillan, 1974.
  • Cornell, Ann Weiser; The Power of Focusing: A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing; Oakland, California: New Harbinger Pub., 1996.
  • Craig, James & Marguerite; Synergic Power; Berkeley, California: Proactive Press, 1979.
  • Dass, Ram & Bush, Mirabai; Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service; New York: Bell Tower, 1992.
  • Dass, Ram & Gorman, Paul; How Can I Help?: Stories And Reflections On Service; New York, Knopf 1985.
  • Eisler, Riane; The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future; HarperSanFrancisco, 1987; available through www.partnershipway.org.
  • Eisler, Riane; Sacred Pleasures: Sex, Myth and the Politics of the Body; HarperSanFrancisco/HarperCollins, 1996; available through www.partnershipway.org.
  • Eisler, Riane; Tomorrow’s Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education for the 21st Century; Westview Press/Harper Collins, 2000;available through www.partnershipway.org.
  • Ellis, Albert; A Guide to Rational Living; Wilshire Book Co., 1961.
  • Freire, Paulo; Pedagogy of The Oppressed; Continuum Pub Group, 1995.
  • Fromm, Erich; Escape From Freedom; Henry Holt, 1995.
  • Fromm, Erich; The Art of Loving; HarperCollins, 1989.
  • Gatto, John Taylor; A Different kind of Teacher—Solving the Crisis of American Schooling; Berkeley Hills, 2001.
  • Glenn, Michael & Kunnes, Richard; Repression or Revolution; Harper & Row 1973.
  • Glickstein, Lee; Be Heard Now!: Tap into Your Inner... Broadway Books, 1999.
  • Greenburg, Dan & Jacobs, Marcia; How to Make Yourself Miserable; New York: Vintage Books, 1987.
  • Hall, Mitch; Peacequest; Checkmate Press, 2002.
  • Hall, Mitch; The Plague of Violence A Preventable Epidemic; Checkmate Press, 2002.



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  • Harvey, O.J.; Conceptual Systems And Personality Organization; Harper & Row, 1961.
  • Holt, John; How Children Fail; Perseus Press, 1995.
  • Johnson, Wendell; Living With Change; New York: Harper & Row, 1972.
  • Katz, Michael; Class, Bureaucracy and Schools; Praeger Text Publishers, Second Edition, 1975.
  • Katz, Michael; School Reform: Past and Present; Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1971.
  • Kaufmann, Walter; Without Guilt and Justice.
  • Kelly, George A.; The Psychology of Personal Constructs; volumes 1 & 2, New York: Norton, 1955.
  • Kohn, Alfie; Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community; Alexandria, VA: ASCD Publications. 1996.
  • Kohn, Alfie; No Contest: The Case Against Competition; Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992.
  • Kohn, Alfie; Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes; Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995.
  • Kohn, Alfie; What to Look for in a Classroom; San Francisco: Josey-Bass Publishers, 1998.
  • Kornfield, Jack; A Path With Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life; Bantam Doubleday Dell, New York: 1993.
  • Kurtz, Ernest & Ketcham, Katherine; The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Journey to Wholeness; New York: Bantam Books, 1994.
  • Lerner, Michael; Spirit Matters; Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 2002
  • Lyons, Gracie; Constructive Criticism; Oakland, California: IRT Press, 1977.
  • Maslow, Abraham; Toward a Psychology of Being; John Wiley & Sons, 1998.
  • McLaughlin, Corinne & Davidson, Gordon; Spiritual Politics: Changing the World from the Inside Out; New York: Ballantine Books, 1994.



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  • Milgram, Stanley; Obedience to Authority; Harpercollins, 1983.
  • Miller, Alice; For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence; translated by Hunter Hannum & Hildegarde Hannum, Noonday Press, 1990.
  • Muller, Wayne; How, Then, Shall We Live? New York: Bantam Books, 1997.
  • Nagler, Michael N.; Is There No Other Way? The Search for a Nonviolent Future; 2001
  • Postman, Neil & Weingartner, Charles; The Soft Revolution: a Student Handbook for Turning Schools Around; New York: Delta, 1971.
  • Postman, Neil & Weingartner, Charles; Teaching As A Subversive Activity; Delacorte, 1969.
  • Powell, John; The Secret of Staying in Love; Thomas More Press, 1995.
  • Powell, John; Why am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am?; Tabor Publishing, 1995.
  • Rogers, Carl, with E.T. Gendlin, D.J. Kiesler, & C.B. Truax (Eds.); The Therapeutic Relationship and Its Impact: a Study of Psychotherapy with Schizophrenics; Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1967.
  • Rogers, Carl; Freedom to Learn; Charles E. Merrill, 1969.
  • Rogers, Carl; On Personal Power; New York: Delacorte, 1977.
  • Rosenberg, Marshall; Mutual Education; Seattle: Special Child Publications, 1972.
  • Rosenberg, Marshall; Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life; Del Mar, California: PuddleDancer Press, 2003.

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  • Ryan, William; Blaming the Victim; New York: Vintage Books, 1976.
  • Scheff, Thomas; Labeling Madness; Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1975.
  • Schmookler, Andrew Bard; Out Of Weakness: Healing The Wounds That Drive Us To War; Bantam Books, N.Y. 1988;
  • Sharp, Gene; Social Power and Political Freedom; Boston: Porter Sargent, 1980.
  • Szasz, Thomas; Ideology and Insanity: Essays on the Psychiatric Dehumanization of Man; Syracuse University Press, 1991.
  • Wink, Walter; Engaging The Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination (The Powers, Vol 3); Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 1992.
  • Wink, Walter; The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium; Galilee, 1999.
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