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Paul Randolph, a lawyer in the United Kingdom, wrote The Psychology of Conflict: Mediating in a Diverse World. Randolph wrote the book to give an account of how philosophy and psychology can beneficially influence mediators, whether they be attorneys, police officers, or other individuals acting as the middle man during conflict resolution. The book’s goal is to reduce the skepticism many individuals feel about the use of psychology in a legal setting, particularly for reaching settlement agreements. Randolph guides the reader through a brief history on the philosophy of Existentialism, then through how Existentialism and psychology are intertwined. Ultimately, he applies the two theories to mediation and explains how mediation can be more successful by applying knowledge of philosophy and psychology.

 

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