Neutrals are third-parties. They aren’t part of the dispute to be arbitrated or mediated, and they aren’t likely to be significantly impacted by any resolution the primary parties create. Unlike your mom, who benefited from a quiet home when you and your sibling stopped fighting, the neutral typically receives no direct benefit from the resolution of the conflict. Yes, they might get paid for their guidance, but they will be paid whether or not you reach a resolution. So, they won’t pick sides or judge one of you as right or wrong. This is not to say an arbitrator won’t award money or other restitution when a behavior has caused harm, but that award won’t generally have a punishment motive. You won’t get grounded like you might when your mom had to intervene.
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