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Pettiness, Judgment, and Self-Compassion

  • Understand the relational neuroscience of judgment, pettiness, and spite 
  • Find warmth and understanding for yourself, no matter how you feel 
  • Explore a celebration of pettiness
  • Gain inner tools to strengthen your self-compassion in any situation

Mondays, September 25-November 20, 2023 (eight sessions) 
(skip October 9)
11:00am-12:30pm Pacific (California) Time

This live course is complete. You can register to receive access to the recorded sessions.


“How could he have done that?” 

“She really made a bad decision there!” 

Sometimes you may feel spite, pettiness, or judgment… and then judge yourself for your position. 

What would it be like if you were able to fully accompany yourself with warmth and understanding, no matter how you felt? 

What is the relational neuroscience of “What empathy is not?” 

Would it be against your NVC integrity to be warm with yourself, or would it take you toward Marshall Rosenberg’s recommendation that you celebrate your jackal? 

Join Sarah Peyton on an 8-week journey to help you deepen self-compassion in difficult moments. 

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the relational neuroscience of judgment
  • Experience meeting judgment with resonance
  • Explore a celebration of pettiness
  • Practice self-resonance for spite
  • Discover the internal world of contempt

By the end of this course, you will be able to integrate empathy for your jackal and strengthen your self-compassion in any situation! 

Watch here the Instagram Live Session with NVC Academy's Social Media Manager Ranjitha Jeurkar and Sarah Peyton to understand pettiness and how we can bring compassion to ourselves in our petty moments.

  • A team of 6-12 assistants at every session who are ready to offer empathy, answer your questions, or offer additional support as requested
  • Video and audio recordings of every session
  • Forum discussion available in the classroom
  • Lifetime access to the classroom
  • Translated captions avialable in 23 languages 

Registration fee: $542
NVC Library Members: $434
Enter coupon code NVCL at time of checkout.


When you register, you will receive an email with complete instructions on how to access your course.
Note that course recordings display images of active speakers only, and are made available to all registrants.

About Sarah Peyton
Sarah Peyton

CNVC Certified Trainer from Vancouver, Washington, USA

Sarah Peyton, international speaker and facilitator, has a passion for weaving together neuroscience knowledge and experiences of healing that unify people with their brains and bodies. Sarah makes Interpersonal Neurobiology research available for our embodied brains to use in living at peace with ourselves. Funny, touching, and filled with personal stories and up-to-date research on our nervous systems and how they interact with each other, her presentations change lives and invite self-acceptance and self-compassion.

Sarah offers healing experiences of hearing ourselves and others deeply (using the precision and resonant language that come alive in the long-term...


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This live course is complete. You can register to receive access to the recorded sessions.