Outbursts: An Evolutionary Approach to Emotions in the Mediation Context
34 Negotiation J. 165 (April 2018)
22 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2018
Date Written: April 2018
Evolutionary psychology offers a powerful framework for understanding the ultimate function of emotions, and that understanding can be applied usefully in the mediation context. In this article, we first introduce the relevant theoretical foundational assumptions of the evolutionary approach to emotions and then use anger and gratitude to illustrate the evolved functions and effects of emotions on cognition and behavior before exploring specific implications for mediation. We also discuss mediator strategies for leveraging anger and gratitude, as well as the potential for future research applying an evolutionary approach to understanding emotions in mediation.
Keywords: Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Dispute Resolution
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