The Mind of a Peacemaker: The Psychology of Mediation
Understanding the process of resolving conflicts through mediation has been most often viewed from the perspective of the law, from which it originated. The Mind of a Peacemaker brings together a psychological understanding of mediation, current thought in the field of conflict resolution, and guidance for future peacemakers. Through reviewing current research, interdisciplinary practices, and personal exercises, individuals seeking to become mediators can develop a deeper understanding of their role in the peacemaking process.
The peacemaker's journey includes learning the impact of a positive attitude; developing awareness of the emotional components of conflict; understanding the value of attending, listening, and being mindful; appreciating the complexities of building connections and relationships; and valuing the abilities needed to establish a culture of peace. These elements can lead those seeking to make a difference by resolving conflict, to develop skills and perspectives that include the role psychology has in mediation. Each chapter not only presents the background of psychology, mediation, and the process of conflict resolution, but also guidance for future mediators. The material helps individuals to reflect on what brings them to this calling and what personal issues they will need to address. Using a global perspective, the book provides the benefits that psychology can contribute to the field of mediation and peacemaking.
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