Overconfident: It is Always Better to Settle!

Several years ago, I read about a study which showed that lawyers tended to be overconfident in winning at trial.  The study (Insightful or Wishful: Lawyers’ Ability to Predict Case Outcomes by Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Maria Hartwig, Pär Anders Granhag and Elizabeth F. Loftus, published in 16 Psychology, Public Policy, and [Read More]

By |May 24th, 2019|News articles|

Beyond “Being Difficult”!

Recently I read an article about two lawyers assaulting each other during a deposition being conducted in the courthouse. The article, dated April 30, 2015 and printed in NorthJersey.com explains: Two attorneys were arrested and charged with simple assault on Wednesday after they got into a heated dispute that turned [Read More]

To Build Rapport- Laugh Together!

Well- we missed it! March 20 was International Day of Happiness. Evidently, it was created by a United Nations Resolution passed at its 118th plenary meeting on June 28, 2012, declaring March 20th of each year to be the holiday. As one might guess, the resolution was promoted by the [Read More]

By |April 24th, 2015|Research|

It is all about the Food

Something tells me that being a foodie if not a chef should be part of the job description of a mediator.   About a month ago, I wrote about a study that showed how one's grumpiness and thus willingness to settle disputes depends on the level of one's blood sugar; the [Read More]

By |June 20th, 2014|Research|

More is Not Always Better

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I read Malcolm Gladwell's latest book, David and Goliath (Little, Brown and Company 2013). While he raises many interesting points throughout the book, the one that struck me was the "inverted U-curve" which he first mentions in chapter 1. In a footnote on page 54, he [Read More]

By |December 20th, 2013|Research|