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How Important is Mindset to Conflict Resolution?

Neuroscience and Conflict Resolution Blog by Stephanie West Allen

What’s your mindset about conflict? Those conflicts that you may be a party to and those that you work with as a conflict professional? What’s your mindset about the role of a mediator? Before you answer those questions, read this good overview article about mindsets and their strong influence.

From "Intelligence and Other Stereotypes: The Power of Mindset":

Our brains never stop learning, never stop changing, never stop growing new connections and pruning unused ones. And they never stop growing stronger in those areas where we reinforce them, like a muscle that keeps strengthening with use (but atrophies with disuse), that can be trained to perform feats of strength we’d never before thought possible—indeed, that we’d never even thought to imagine.

Not only is intelligence not fixed, but neither are any number of abilities that we may think we either have or don’t have, be they as straightforward-seeming as math skills or as complex as musicality. Walter Mischel and Carol Dweck may have been labeled when young, but at the end, it was their attitude towards those labels and not the labels themselves that ended up determining the course of their lives.

It is a remarkable thing, the human brain.

Amen to that! Click to read the rest.

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Stephanie West Allen

Stephanie West Allen, JD, practiced law in California for several years, held offices in local bar associations, and wrote chapters for California Continuing Education of the Bar. While in CA, Stephanie completed several five-day mediation training programs with the Center for Mediation in Law, as well as a two-year intensive… MORE >

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