The Psychology of a Successful Mediation
The Peacemaker Quarterly, InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution, June 2013
3 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2013 Last revised: 28 Jun 2013
Date Written: April 5, 2013
Why is mediation effective in resolving disputes? The answer may be found in psychology. According to a leading mediation scholar, issues of self-identity and self-esteem play a crucial role in Mediation. Self-identity is the awareness of one's unique self. Self-esteem is generalized evaluative attitude toward the self that influences both moods and behavior and that exerts a powerful effect on a range of personal and social behaviors. Peacemaking is central to a successful mediation. It is clear that a successful mediator must not only be a peacemaker but also practice and maintain an inner peace. Many conclude that peacemaking is the highest calling in the legal profession and one of the highest callings in life.
Keywords: mediation, peacemaking, psychology, law, attorney, self-identity, self-esteem
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