Psychology of Mediation

Elizabeth Bader is known, both here and abroad, for her groundbreaking work on the psychology of mediation. Psychology is broadly defined in Elizabeth’s work, to include social psychology, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, spirituality and trauma work.

In spite of its broad focus, this work is highly practical: it focuses on the way that ego and issues of “face” dominate mediation. This is a key psychological issue in every mediation.

These are the seminal articles written by Elizabeth on this subject:

The Psychology and Neurobiology of Mediation, 17 Cardozo J. of Conflict Resol. 363 (2016).  

The Psychology of Mediation: Issues of Self and Identity and the IDR Cycle, 10 Pepp. Disp. Res. L.J. 183 (2010)

Self, Identity and the IDR Cycle: Understanding the Deeper Meaning of ‘Face’ in Mediation, International J. of Applied Psychoanal. Studies (2011), Wiley Online Library. See abstract here.

On the basis of her groundbreaking writings, Elizabeth was awarded the Margaret S. Mahler Psychiatric Research Foundation’s Literature Prize in 2011.  In Europe, her work has also been used to help “train the trainers” on multi-cultural mediation.

In addition to her articles in print, Elizabeth currently maintains a blog in which she writes about psychology, spirituality and mediation, focusing in many articles on problems related to trauma. The blog can be found here.