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Neutrality and Impartiality in Employment Mediation

Some Difficulties with the Concepts of Neutrality and Impartiality in Employment Mediation: Contrasted with an Ongoing Need(?) for Informed Consent to make it Fair. Posted by Paul Kirkwood, director of – Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Services. Neutral: ‘taking neither side in dispute or difference of opinions; indifferent, impartial’. Impartial: ‘not partial, unprejudiced, fair’ [1]

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The wiring of the human brain can make conflict worse

This blog post observes that most of us react to external stimuli reflexively and instinctively. As a result, we often misperceive, exacerbating conflict. The task for mediators in defusing conflict, is to help people engage reflectively, using their cognitive skills, not their ‘fight or flight’ responses. In considering insights from neuroscience into understanding human conflict,