FAQ: Why Does Mediation Work?

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.

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator based in New York City. She is the founder of The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick. Her holistic, integrative approach draws from her experience as a human resources supervisor, as well as her legal and EEOC training. She is creator of the Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, author of DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master, and an award-winning entrepreneur, who has been acknowledged by the New York Economic Development Corporation/B-Labs (Best for NYC 2015 finalist), U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business), Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards), and Urban Rebound NY/Count Me In (2013 Pitch Competition finalist). Most recently, she attained her certificate in Ethno-Religious Conflict Mediation and was invited to serve as the Main ICERM Representative to the United Nations.