Below is a quote I came across while reading the "Communication that Blocks Compassion" chapter of Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life.
This quote in Marshall's book was embedded in an explanation about how we deny responsibility through a language he calls, Life-alienating Communication (as opposed to Life-connecting Communication).
He claims that we deny responsibility for actions when we attribute the cause to,
- vague impersonal forces
- our condition, diagnosis, personal and psychological history
- the actions of others
- the dictates of authority
- group pressure
- institutional policies, rules, and regulations
- gender roles, social roles, or age roles
- uncontrollable impulses
"Life-alienating communication both stems from and supports hierarchical domination societies...[and] has deep philosophical and political roots."
More on Nonviolent Communication soon.