Mediators' authentic presence: ways of knowing our primitive selves

Collins, Pauline (2010) Mediators' authentic presence: ways of knowing our primitive selves. Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 21 (2). pp. 85-96. ISSN 1441-7847


'From the brain, and the brain only, arise our pleasures, joys, laughter and jests, as well as our sorrows, pains, griefs and fears.' Hippocrates, 5th century BC

New advances in neuroscience, together with considerations of emotional intelligence, hold considerable significance for mediators within the context of mediation practice. It is important for mediators to engage in reflective self-awareness practices in order to increase their understanding of personality type and emotional triggers. This paper encourages mediators to explore the possibilities for improvement through such methods as the enneagram (an ancient comprehensive symbol of the human psyche), the use of metaphor, and nonverbal communication, together with specific sensory inputs, such as colour. Existing research and theories of the emotional, nonverbal communication capacities of the limbic brain, offer many possibilities for mediators to consider in their management of communication.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Law
Date Deposited: 31 May 2010 02:31
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2015 04:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: mediation; neuroscience; emotions; personality
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220105 Legal Ethics
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies

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