Comments: The Role Of Intuition In Conflict Resolution

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Barbara Wilson, Portsmouth UK   11/22/10
Intuition plays an important and often overlooked part in the mediation process. One option is to view intuition as just a way of selecting interventions from the toolbox (Ford), or it can be viewed as Bion (1981) views it, as working on ourselves as opposed to just focusing on our clients. He advocates dealing with our own thoughts and motivations as practitioners by practising ‘without memory or desire’ (which is not, however, atheoretical practice). Rooney (2007) cites Bion's work in relation to mediation, proposing ‘negative capability is not an immediate mental discipline to be engaged in just prior to the session, but rather a way of life’ (p.247, original quotation in itaics). As Bion suggests, this is likely to take a lifetime. Bion, Wilfred Ruprecht (1981). ‘Notes on Memory and Desire’. In: R. Langs (Ed.), Classics in Psycho-Analytic Technique. Northvale, N.J.: Aronson. (Originally published 1967). Rooney, Greg (2007). The Use of Intuition in Mediation. Conflict Resolution Quarterly. Vol. 25, no. 2, Winter 2007, 239-253