Mindfulness in the Heat of Conflict: Taking STOCK

36 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2016

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Leonard L. Riskin

University of Florida - Levin College of Law

Rachel Anne Wohl

Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO)

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

People who study and practice well-established tools for managing conflict, even those who master them, frequently fail to use these tools when and as appropriate. Often, such failures result from certain deficiencies in awareness, which we call “The Six Obstacles": an excessively self-centered focus; strong negative emotions; automatic, habitual ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving; insensitivity to emotions (too much or too little); insufficient social skills; and inadequate focus. Mindfulness can help overcome these obstacles and improve decision-making in conflict- related situations. But mindfulness is difficult to establish and maintain, especially in proximity to conflict. To address this problem, this Article sets forth three tools of awareness - which we call STOP, STOPSi, and Taking STOCK- that can quickly establish and sustain mindfulness and foster appropriate behavior in conflict-related situations.

Suggested Citation

Riskin, Leonard L. and Wohl, Rachel Anne, Mindfulness in the Heat of Conflict: Taking STOCK (2015). Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Vol. 20, p. 121, 2015; University of Florida Levin College of Law Research Paper No. 16-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2754646

Leonard L. Riskin (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

Rachel Anne Wohl

Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) ( email )

903 Commerce Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
United States

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