Developing the craft of mediation : reflections on theory by Marian Roberts

By Marian Roberts

The trendy emergence of mediation represents the recent and evolving program of an historic and common method of settling quarrels. Mediation is now a longtime approach to dispute answer throughout a variety of expert, office and social events together with the relations, neighborhood, advertisement, organisational, employment, environmental and overseas arenas. it truly is more and more being utilized to new  Read more...

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And you could trot off all things which are, no doubt, necessary like patience and the hide like a rhinoceros. More surprising perhaps, very few contributors referred to those qualities (catalogued above) traditionally identified as essential for effective practice – with the exception of the quality of patience. Intellectual capacities (analytic and creative), a sense of humour in difficult circumstances, and the capacity to listen attentively were cited – in particular, the ability to listen in a way that ‘would make [the parties] feel, as you left them, that you really have taken note of what I said, really tried hard to see my point of view’ (Fred Gibbons).

It’s a barrier in that I can’t talk with people between sessions. It really is like that. In a curious way it helps me to stay absolutely functional and focused. And it certainly should be translated consecutively. You have time to collect your thoughts and be more economical and more straightforward. You have to cut out some of the more difficult ways of saying things. So it has a streamlining effect. I feel real frustration in coming out as somebody other than me, because I am quite strict in groups, particularly in Georgia, because, for instance, talking for the sake of talking is culturally normal.

This has something to do with it. I think a background which includes some personal experience of conflict and possibly leading to a distaste for it, or a wish that it didn’t happen, affecting me personally, I think, that is a component of my background. Traumatic family circumstances exacerbated by the impact of the Second World War shed poignant light on another contributor’s powerful motivation to work towards the mitigation of the pain of family separation and loss. Fred Gibbons: I think in terms of working with families which is, I think, the great attraction, my own childhood played a very important part because, in trying to understand the trauma of separation, I had a double blow in my own childhood.

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