Articles published

Change through Curiosity in the Insight Approach to Conflict

By Megan Price
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 11 No. 1

Conflict behavior, as explained by the Insight approach, is the function of a decision to defend against a valuing of threat. However, defending against threat isn’t simply a choice, but a product of the biology of survival. This essay explores the psychological effects of threat, as well as their antidote: curiosity, showing that curiosity targeted toward the interiority of decision making in conflict can generate both a feeling of being understood and a self-awareness that sets the stage for new, transformative possibilities.

Asking more than, «How did that make you feel?»: The Insight approach to feeling and valuing in conflict

By Marnie Jull
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 11 No. 1

This article addresses how a practitioner can help to dissipate interpersonal conflict by recognizing and responding to feelings. Using conceptual resources from the Insight approach, the article proposes that reflexive inquiry into feelings as indicative of valuing can generate more expansive possibilities in transforming conflict. A case study of an intervention into workplace conflict explores how asking about feelings can elicit reflexive curiosity, rather than defensiveness, when a practitioner’s questions focus on discerning significance registered in a party’s felt response. The article’s autoethographic method indicates practical strategies as well as theoretical supports to analyze and respond to interpersonal conflict.

The Origins, Principles and Practices of Insight Mediation

By Cheryl Picard
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 10 No. 2

In this essay, the author discusses the origins, principles and practices of Insight mediation. She brings to light what distinguishes Insight mediation from other mediation models through an examination of three key principles and practices, and ten prominent Insight interventions. The author contends that the power of Insight mediation lies in using a relational learning approach to intervene in conflict instead of relying on individualist views of negotiation and problem-solving methodologies. She also contends that the depth of Insight mediation’s theoretical foundation, along with practitioners learning to be self-reflexive about their role, enables Insight mediators to identify what they are doing, and why, allowing them to use more varied, creative and flexible interventions than would be found in prescriptive-type mediation models. Insight mediation makes room for the power of curiosity and authentic engagement as drivers of change.

Insight mediation: a reflective and pedagogical model to address conflicts

By Salvador Garrido Soler
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 10 No. 2

Insight Mediation is and original mediation model originated in Canada that was created as a reaction to traditional linear models, i.e. narrative and transformative models. This approach envisages the mediation intervention as a learning interactive process for the participating people (including the person leading the intervention). It is based on two philosophical and pedagogical theories that prioritize personal reflection as a way to reach knowledge: Lonergan’s insight theory, and Mezirow’s transformational learning theory. Using these two theories, its founders crafted a process resorting to specific communicative skills to overcome conflict, which is conceived as experiencing a threat to the most intimate certainties a person has. Lastly, the fact that this approach has been consolidating for over a decade makes it qualify as the fourth great mediation school at an international level.

Why a fourth mediation model: opportunities and integration of the insight mediation model

By Santiago Madrid Liras
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 10 No. 2

The Insight Mediation Model is here to stay. Cheryl Picard and Kenneth Melchin’s initial proposal of 2008, implemented and enriched by Picard (2016) herself, and by authors Jamie Price and Megan Price, inter alia, not only integrates many of the assumptions of the three classic mediation models (Interest-Based Model, Transformative Mediation and Narrative Models), but also provides an enriching very profound view of how conflicts are caused and how to solve them through mediation. In this paper, we will present the three classic models and the links and contributions of the Insight Mediation Model for us to show the richness of some of its concepts and tools (Direct and Inverse Insights, Cares, Threat-to-Cares, Defensive Narrative and Threat Narratives, Linking and Delinking, inter alia) which are already part of the Mediation theory and practice, as befit what we consider deserves to be counted as the fourth pillar in Mediation.

Is Mindfulness an Option?

By M. Salut Segura Campoy
Published in Revista de Mediación Volume 10 No. 1

The development and practice of mindfulness is undoubtedly relevant for mediation practitioners mainly for two reasons. Firstly, because it presents a mediation technique that provides various benefits to mediation such as impartiality, lack of judgement and presence. Secondly, because it provides them with a simple but very powerful tool to manage their own emotions and the emotions of the people in mediation throughout the process, given that they are often a key element to maintain conflicts. However, is it simply desired for those who conduct mediation? Can we conduct a mediation process without having achieved a certain degree of empathy, enlightment and inner silence before? When considering the caracteristics and difficulties of mediation processes we realize that they can perhaps only be fully addressed if mindfulness is practiced.

What is Revista de Mediación

It is an academic, biannual, online, and free of charge journal on Mediation and other ADR, of high editorial quality, highlighted relevance and professional interest that encourages scientific study and rigor, best practices and innovation, analysis and positive resolution of conflict through alternative and peaceful ways (ADR). It is addressed to mediators, specialists in conflict analysis, management and resolution, and to those interested in these fields.

What articles are accepted

The “Revista de Mediación” management team considers the best authors and the most updated research projects that might be of interest for the entire mediation practitioners. Having quality papers is, ultimately, the main criterion to decide upon publication. In order to accurately respond to the professional principle this Journal aims at, we consider that it is appropriate to meet some requirements other publications, publication standards and writing books have in order to insure the relevance of the published topics.

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