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14 04, 2017

Some More Truths About Alternative Facts

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:09+00:00 April 14th, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

If you have not yet figured it out, this notion of “alternative facts” intrigues me. (This is my third blog about it!) I think it is because as a mediator, I witness “alternative facts” quite frequently. No party is “lying” to me; in telling her story to me, she is simply telling me the “facts” as [...]

7 04, 2017

Looking for Happiness!

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:11+00:00 April 7th, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

Well… we missed it again! International Day of Happiness was March 20, 2017, according to the United Nations High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being. But, perhaps, missing it was not such a bad thing. According to the report, Norway ranks first followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. The United States ranks 19th in contrast [...]

24 03, 2017

The Truth of “Alternative Facts”!

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:21+00:00 March 24th, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

Recently, I posted a blog about “alternative facts.” Since then, I have come upon two more articles discussing why alternative facts, are, indeed, true. It all comes down to who is in charge, sociability and/or to our cognitive biases. In an article entitled “Seeking truth among ‘alternative facts’” by Peter Neal Peregrine, posted on The [...]

3 03, 2017

On Apologies…. Once Again!

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:34+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

Several times in the past, I have written on the power of an apology, including the right and wrong way to do it. When I saw an article by Jane Brody (entitled, “The Right Way to Say, ‘I’m Sorry’”) in the New York Times (January 31, 2017) discussing this topic, I could not let the [...]

6 01, 2017

A Resolution for the New Year

By | 2017-05-13T07:41:11+00:00 January 6th, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

About a week before Christmas, LiveScience published an article reviewing two studies suggesting “… that our brains prompt us to act more like Santa than Scrooge. (Id. at Your Giving Brain: Are Humans Hardwired for Generosity? by Mindy Weinberger (December 19, 2016.).) Based on two different research experiments, the researchers concluded that “… human behavior [...]

25 11, 2016

The Slippery Slope

By | 2017-05-13T07:41:25+00:00 November 25th, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

At one point or another in our lives, most of us have told “little white lies” if only to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. In telling that “little white lie”, we tell ourselves it is harmless and it will lead to nothing, and definitely, will NOT lead us to tell “bigger white lies”. However, as explained [...]

11 11, 2016

Preparing People to Be Influenced!

By | 2017-05-13T07:41:35+00:00 November 11th, 2016|News articles|2 Comments

One Sunday (October 23, 2016), I was glancing through the Los Angeles Times and came upon an article by Robert Cialdini, a behavioral scientist and author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion published more than thirty years ago. He has published a new book entitled, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade. He suggests [...]

21 10, 2016

Restorative Justice Works!

By | 2017-05-13T07:41:42+00:00 October 21st, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

In March 2012, I posted a blog about “restorative justice” after reading a concise 65-page book entitled, “The Little Book of Restorative Justice” by Howard Zehr with Ali Gohar (Good Books 2002). In this tome, the author emphasizes that “restorative justice” is not about forgiveness or reconciliation nor is it mediation nor is it designed to [...]