Will Empathy Work? (If I’m the only one…?) 

“Does empathy work if I’m the only one who is practicing nonviolent communication?”


Sometimes in our classes, at the end of the day, when we’ve had a good, connecting, learning time together, students will say,

“Well, it’s working here ’cause we’re learning together and we’ve created a little community that cares about each other. But does this work when I’m the only person in the conversation who knows nonviolent communication?” or


“What if I’m in a relationship with someone who doesn’t really care about my feelings, like at work? Is it going to be effective there?”


Paul Merrill