Face Negotiation Theory in Action

Face Negotiation Theory

Let’s take a deeper look into a Face Negotiation Theory. Have you ever been in a negotiation or conversation with someone where you suddenly notice yourself taking on a defensive stance to protect yourself? Maybe you have been more willing to give in a negotiation to help the other person or preserve what you believe …

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How Do I Handle Divorce While Pregnant?

divorce while pregnant

Couples that decide to divorce while one partner is pregnant may be wondering how to deal with divorce while pregnant.  Getting divorced under “normal” circumstances is stressful and difficult, but adding the extra stress of pregnancy to the situation may be too much for some people. Additionally, the overwhelming nature of divorce, especially divorce with …

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Father-Daughter Relationships After Divorce

father daughter relationship after divorce

Among the many other considerations that need to be made when parents are getting divorced, the father-daughter relationship after divorce will need to be considered when families with daughters are splitting up.  This relationship is one of the many relationships that can be strained during the family’s separation.  There are also risks from both sides …

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Profound New Insights on Conflict and Client Psychology

Profound New Insights on Conflict and Client Psychology

As a kid I used to enjoy looking through glasses of water at the objects beyond because, depending upon the shape of the glass or the flow of the water, the images became distorted, bent, and often produced some pretty funny results. What I didn’t realize at the time was that with or without a …

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High Conflict Personality

High Conflict Personality

If you have ever been in a conflict with a person who seems keener on continuing and escalating the conflict than resolving it, you may be dealing with a high conflict personality. High conflict people and personalities are not the easiest personalities to have conversations or conflict with, especially if you need to resolve the …

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How Conflict Psychology Can Influence Judgement and Sentencing

How Conflict Psychology Can Influence Judgement and Sentencing

Inter-group conflict—Montagues vs. Capulets, Sharks vs. Jets, Crips vs. Bloods—often culminates in episodes of unplanned, catastrophic violence. These cathartic but often gruesome incidents must then be interpreted after the fact by the stereotypically level-headed third parties called upon by the criminal justice system to prosecute, defend, and ultimately judge the perpetrators. These professionals’ understanding of …

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The Zen-Resolution Revolution

The Zen-Resolution Revolution

Ever have one of those moments where you were just so frustrated that you couldn’t think straight? Where all you could think about was the problem or source of your anxiety or anger? Where you couldn’t stop thinking about it – milling about it – no matter how hard you tried? Of course you have, …

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The Fundamental Attribution Error in Mediation

Fundamental Attribution Error

Have you ever had someone blame you for something when there was nothing you could have done to change the situation? For example, have you ever made a promise to someone (say, to be at a certain place at a certain time) had something come up, and then have them become offended – where they …

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Workplace Behavior Rewarded is Behavior Repeated

Workplace Behavior

Behavioral Psychology is a well-known method used across the world for everything from training dogs to treating phobias. B.F. Skinner is one of the most widely recognized contributors to Behaviorism and brought us the idea of “operant conditioning”—the idea that we can condition ourselves and others through the use of reinforcements. Operant conditioning suggests that …

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The Broken Family

The Broken Family

The Central Valley of California, known for its good weather and rich soil, is considered the breadbasket of the country. The many people who live in this agricultural community work hard. They know that the literal fruits of their labors feed people, and they are proud of their role in society. They are strong believers …

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