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KINDNESS: Non-judgemental


The Oxford Dictionary of English (online, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, 2010) defines non-judgemental as:


not judgemental; avoiding moral judgements: it may well be the non-judgemental personality of a machine that motivates a child to persevere | plain, non-judgemental feedback.

Synonyms include unbiased, unprejudiced, prejudice-free, accepting, non-partisan, neutral, non-aligned, open-minded, non-discriminatory, anti-discrimination, objective.

Engage with the wider context; embrace diversity and seek explanation without making assumptions. 

Books and resources

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Being non-judgemental is one of the core conditions as described by Carl Rogers, the grandfather of humanistic counselling and therapy.  The library has many of his works:

The Person-Centred Association

An organisation that embraces and promotes the person-centred way of being: the striving to create relationships based in genuine acceptance and empathic understanding.

Norfolk County Council's document on non-judgemental communication, although aimed at health workers, is a good concise guide: