Outbursts: An Evolutionary Approach to Emotions in the Mediation Context

34 Negotiation J. 165 (April 2018)

22 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2018

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Keelah Williams

Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology; Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Hamilton College

Art Hinshaw

Arizona State University

Date Written: April 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Williams, Keelah and Hinshaw, Art, Outbursts: An Evolutionary Approach to Emotions in the Mediation Context (April 2018). 34 Negotiation J. 165 (April 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3165191 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3165191

Keelah Williams

Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology ( email )

950 S. McAllister Ave
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Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

Hamilton College ( email )

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Clinton, NY 13323
United States

Art Hinshaw (Contact Author)

Arizona State University ( email )

111 E. Taylor St.
MC 9520
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4467
United States

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