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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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 Riskin Grid: Mediator Orientations

Riskin Grid - ADR Times

The classic definition of a mediator is one who, without decision-making authority, assists in the resolution of a dispute between two or more others,  Mediation is everywhere; moms do it for their kids, kids do it for their friends, bosses do it for their workers, and so on. Have you tried to calm an argument …

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Mediation Advocacy

Mediation Advocacy

Mediation falls under the heading “alternative dispute resolution” (ADR). Alternative to what?  Litigation, of course. Yet the courts now frequently require ADR as a pre-trial part of the litigation process.  The co-opting of ADR into litigation has changed it.  For example, arbitration has become more formal, lengthier, and costlier – so much so that corporate …

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Perceptual Bias and The Frustrated Negotiator

Perceptual Bias

It’s after lunch, and Fred’s feeling pretty good as he sorts through today’s mail.  Ah! There it is, Tom Smith’s response to Fred’s settlement offer in Ajax Accounting v. Johnston. It’s a solid offer, and Fred smiles as he thinks about the vacation he’s going to take during what are now the two weeks set …

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Meaning of confrontational in dispute resolution

Confrontational meaning

When learning about conflict and dispute resolution, it can be difficult to understand the definition of “confrontational.”  Everyone will have their ideas of what confrontation is and its uses, particularly dependent on their own conflict style and how it responds to confrontation.  Some people will argue that a confrontation is a valuable tool in a …

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Hostage Negotiator Training

While many people have been exposed to hostage negotiators in movies and television shows, most people would not know immediately how hostage negotiators are trained. Hostage negotiators, also called crisis negotiators, are the first people called in hostage situations or other situations where there needs to be a trained person working with those involved to …

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How to ask for a divorce?

How to ask for a divorce

While all parts of the divorce process can be difficult, asking your spouse to initiate a divorce can be one of the most difficult parts of the process.  Learning how to ask for a divorce can be a daunting task when one spouse has decided that separation is the best thing for the family.  Even …

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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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