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Conference On South Coast To Teach "Nonviolent" Communication

Political dialogue has recently become more bitter and polarizing. But, there’s now an opportunity on the South Coast to learn how to communicate better.

Santa Barbara City College’s Center for Lifelong Learning is holding its 10th Annual Nonviolent Communication Conference later this week.

Participants will learn tools to deepen connections with friends, family and co-workers through listening without judgment and speaking from the heart.

CLL’s Richard Sorrow says to know how to deal with anger, you must understand what causes it.

"It's never what somebody else said or did  that makes me angry," he said. "What makes me angry is because I think they should not have said that or they should not have done that.  So, the life-serving purpose of the anger is to alert me that my thinking is not going to take me where I want to go."

He says the proper response is to explain why you feel angry rather than name-calling or yelling. The conference runs Friday through Sunday at SBCC.