WHAT I’VE BEEN READING: Psychologically Informed Mediation by Monica Hanaway

I bought this book expecting more specific content about different aspects of psychology and their relationship to mediation. It doesn’t really include this information, rather it provides a broad overview about how psychological, existential, and phenomenological thought apply to mediation practice. What the book does provide, however, is a very nuanced description of mediation, from a clearly thoughtful and experienced practitioner. What I loved most, however, was the second part of the book, which contains some very detailed case studies of very interesting and unusual mediations. Each of these gave me important prompts for reflection: Would I mediate this case? How would I have approached it? How would I have responded to some of the challenges?

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