Siege Mentality: What It Is and the Effects It Has

Many ideas in the world are expressed as binaries—good and bad, black and white, truth and lie.  Yet many concepts expressed in binaries often have a variety of options in the middle, creating a spectrum.  Learning to be comfortable with the spectrum is an important part of development; however, in certain situations, people will hold …

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Polarization in Communication: How to Avoid Polarizing Speech

As politics and other issues drive Americans further apart, it is commonplace to see polarization in communication in messaging online and in other sources.  Polarization encourages both those without a position to pick one and those with a position to commit to a more extreme version of the position.  The prevalence of polarization has increasingly …

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Improve the Chances Your Mediation Will Be a Success

Improve the Chances Your Mediation Will Be a Success

The vast majority of legal disputes aren’t ended due to a trial. But, at some point, the parties reach a mutually agreeable compromise, and the dispute is resolved. Mediation is one way to help parties reach an agreement if they can’t do it themselves. Attorney Richard Shore, writing in Forbes, has these ideas to help increase …

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Mediation’s Higher Calling: Feel the Love

What is Mediation? There are many benefits to mediation, including spiritual and emotional, according to an article written by Dr. Denisha Shah. Attorneys who use the mediation process may focus on the more immediate benefits (ideally, a case settles and a file closes). Still, there are more extensive benefits that all participants may benefit from. …

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Men and Divorce Emotional Stages

Men and Divorce Emotional Stages

Understanding how men move through divorce emotional stages can be helpful, whether you are going through the divorce or supporting someone.  Divorce is a shocking and emotional time for all parties involved, spouses, children, and other family members. Several factors can affect how a person moves through and copes with divorce, including their role in …

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Open-Ended Communication

Open-Ended Communication

What is open-end communication? Not surprisingly, our style of communication affects how others interact with and perceive us, as well as what kind of information we can gather. During any conversation, questions are asked, and answers are given to: Clarify. Obtain information. Bring someone into a conversation. Keep a conversation going Experts on leadership, relationships, …

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Dealing with Conflict Avoiders

Dealing with Conflict Avoiders

Conflict is an inevitable part of life. It will be present wherever there is social interaction. We compete and conflict over scarce resources, perceived insults, and in the search for dominance. But not everyone deals with conflict in the same way. There are five basic styles of conflict management. They are: Competition — The pursuit of …

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Understanding and Working with Blame

Understanding & Working With Blame - ADR Times

By Zachary Ulrich The Fundamental Attribution Error In Mediation Have you ever had someone blame you for something over which you had absolutely no control? If you’ve ever been late to a meeting, been framed by a sibling growing up, or otherwise haven’t lived under a rock your entire life, you know what I’m talking …

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