Balance

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“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict …” ― Dorothy Thompson Ideally, our family is a reliable place of safety and acceptance. However, all families have their ups and downs….

For many of us it is a very daunting prospect to actually tell another person we work with ( or even live with) what they are doing that we don’t like. I broke for a private session during a recent…

Its often the case that we consider the conflict we are having with a person to be something to do with them individually. In keeping with the problem solving approach, its worth considering how the environment and conditions we live…

Last week I was writing about what a big difference it makes to choose words carefully if dealing with someone you disagree with. Resolving a dispute with someone may require you to move from seeing yourself as their adversary to…

I often hear people in conflict describing their situation with the other side in very black and white terms. Either they win or I do. Consider examples from disputes about natural resources – either we protect the environment or we…

While mediators may consider fostering forgiveness to be beyond the terms of their engagement with parties, Kenneth Cloke, in Mediating Dangerously, suggests that moving parties towards forgiveness can free them from anger, resentment, suppression or feeling victimized, all of which…

People in conflict often need help: they may need legal representation, or counselling to help them manage the emotional distress of a situation. Workplace disputes can involve union representatives and managers; doctors and return to work officers may also be…