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Mark B. Baer, Esq.
Voting for and supporting policymakers who are sexually prejudiced against LGBTQ people supports a societal hierarchy in which cisgender straight males are on top.
The belief that one’s training, licensure, and regular practice of perspective-taking means that they possess a “wealth of empathy” is inaccurate.
How are your moral judgments impacting human society?
When those who fall outside of the dominant culture are judged because they fall outside of the dominant culture, are they given an equal opportunity?
No, Trump,"hatred, bigotry violence" steming from conflict that's become chronic due to self-segregation by straight white Chrisitans is not from "many sides, on many sides."
Never underestimate the degree to which our emotions influence our processing of information related to decision making.
Confusing "immutable nature" with "lifestyle choices" leads to disrespect, oppression, and "slippery slopes."
Everything is a matter of perception, including empathy and compassion.
A line must be drawn when the beliefs of one person or a group of people harm another person or group of people.
When a court's factual findings differ from reality, it erases actual lived experiences.
Proper mediation involves learned skills, some of which require an understanding of complex concepts.
Tolerance is part of discrimination, which explains why we have intolerance. Acceptance is the answer, not tolerance.
Advisors should work diligently to help their clients keep their emotions from getting the better of them.
Empathy is the key to conflict resolution and lack of empathy is the source of great conflict.
Navigating the treacherous waters created by attorneys for whom the practice of law is nothing more than a game to be won is no easy feat.
One of the infinite number of choices we make is how we deal with conflicts and disputes.
We cannot be reflective while in a reactive state, because it interferes with our listening abilities and lends itself to misleading accounts and impressions.
Considering that psychology is the study of the mind and behavior, shouldn't psychologists understand how things impact the mind and behavior?
Are you as perceptive as you believe?
Who benefits when people can't afford to seek out and use health care services and at what cost to our country, its economy, and our society?
Who is responsible when the public fails to understand the different dispute resolution processes and types of attorneys and mediators available, even after they retain someone?
Marco Rubio's #expressionNOToppression initiative inherently makes no sense.
How are yours and others' misguided biases, beliefs, assumptions, expectations, and values causing harm?
Lawyers could more effectively represent their clients if they understood the art of persuasion.
Why do family law attorneys ignore the research which supports the benefits of a facilitative over an adversarial approach for divorce and family law?
Judicial bias is a variable that is often overlooked, despite the fact that it leads to injustice.
Falling into the common trap of defining emotional intelligence much too narrowly can lead to low levels of Collaboration Essentials.
If "equal justice under law" means what it says, then judges and jurors hearing cases must have evenly distributed empathy.
What's "better" or "best" in any situation is a matter of perspective, and the perspective that matters most is that held by the individuals in need of a given product or service.
If reporters and journalists are to relate effectively to their target audience, they must be empathic, always attempting to perceive the world through the eyes of their viewers.
Mark B. Baer, Esq. is a mediator, collaborative law practitioner, conflict resolution consultant, co-author of Putting Kids First in Divorce, and co-founder of Family Dynamics Assistance Center.