They say “A picture is worth a thousand words”. We highly recommend you take a look at the Great Orange Dispute for a simple illustration of what mediation can provide you:
Mediation training was where I learned to listen. In many cases, we are not taught how to listen to either our own or another person’s needs. We are not taught how to deal with emotions such as anger or resentment – they are classed as negative or “bad”. In my case, I was taught to withdraw- to run from anger. Important people in my life used the opposite approach- domination or aggression. I have now learned that neither of these approaches- withdrawal or aggression- will serve you. Mediation teaches new skills and how to resolve conflict in a healthier manner.
Mediation is where you can learn how to see conflict as an opportunity to learn, to listen, to understand and/or hear the underlying reasons (the inherent needs or interests) for each of you. You do not need to give in but you also do not need to bully to get resolution. In mediation, we use a tried and true process to guide people to develop their own unique, creative solutions to their conflict.
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