There are, of course, many theories on why mediation works. I mention one of them in my book, DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master. It could be that mediation aligns with the transtheoretical model (“TTM”) of behavioral modification. It could be that the process is intuitive and has a history dating as far back as Confucius.
Mediation, or processes like it, has been used to resolve conflicts in Eastern cultures for hundreds of years, if not thousands. It has also restored peace among Puritans, early American immigrants, African tribes, and warring factions throughout the world. In it has been used so widely with such great success that I often wonder how most cultures settled on the punishment-based system that mediation now supplements. I would like to flip that!
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NOTE: This post is a general overview of mediation. It is not legal advice, and there is certainly no guarantee that choosing mediation will generate a specific result. Past success is never a guarantee of a future outcome. If you require legal information or advice applied to your unique situation, please make an appointment to discuss it with an attorney. Don’t rely solely on what you read on the Internet.