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On Elastic and Inelastic Negotiation

Negotiation has become commonplace, but like driving a car it’s easy to mistake competency for proficiency. Perhaps negotiation is best viewed through the lens of how opposing forces work in nature. An “inelastic” collision occurs when two bodies collide, and there’s no bounce. An “elastic” collision is just the opposite––two bodies collide, and there’s bounce. […]

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The Reign of Sadness

Young people seem to be naturally drawn into the harmonics of happiness, finding joy in the smallest of pleasures, structuring their hours in exhilarating ways. Sadness, even momentary sadness, the young person believes, is to be repelled and resisted, as if sadness were an abnormal state, something akin to an illness or disease. As one […]

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Making Sense of the Unknown Knowns

On February 12, 2002, then Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, famously stated: Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some […]

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Neuro-immune Interactions in Health and Disease

Is good health nothing more than a state of mind? Can thought alone prevent serious illness? Conventional wisdom, of course, says no. The breakthroughs of the future, we are told, will derive from basic research. All else can be charitably categorized as “holistic” or “homeopathic.” Today’s medicine focuses on what can reliably be tested and […]

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Complications Arise

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” –Hippocrates   Food, and our relationship to it, has become a complex subject. A growing body of medical literature seeks to understand the science of nutrition, including eating disorders. Conventional wisdom has at times been shown to be incomplete and, quite often, simply incorrect. One […]

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Neuroprediction and the Risk of Future Injury

There’s an emerging science known as “Neuroprediction” which uses data derived from brain-imaging studies to predict future outcomes and behavior. The idea is that certain findings on brain scans correlate with certain behavioral or neurologic outcomes. For example, a recent article establishes a link between amygdala hyper-activation and those who later will develop depression. “This […]

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On Paralanguage and Metamessage

Lawyers have to persuade but before they can they have to communicate; that is, they have to teach. Effective lawyering is not typically expressed as a form of teaching, but, in many respects, it is: the best lawyers can in some sense be looked at as simply the most effective teachers. They make the complex […]

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On the Art of Small, Incremental Improvement

Simple tasks would at first glance seem to be resistant to dramatic improvement. They are routine, relatively uncomplicated, and the end result does not appear to be readily susceptible to noticeable change. After all, in how many different ways can a basic task be accomplished? Small libraries have actually been written about this: everything from […]

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The Invisible Primacy of Privacy

Does the right to privacy explain many, perhaps most, constitutional guarantees? Is the First Amendment nothing more than a privacy right to freely express ideas? Is the Second Amendment nothing more than a privacy right to keep and bear arms? Is the Equal Protection Clause nothing more than a privacy right not to be subjected […]

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Restorative Retelling as Grief Therapy

There are many techniques therapists and counselors use––from psychoanalysis to cognitive behavioral therapy––to assist those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. One such technique is known as Restorative Retelling. “Restorative retelling (RR; Rynearson, 1998, 2001; Rynearson & Correa, 2008) is a structured, 10-session intervention for adult survivors of violent deaths. The treatment mode underlying the […]

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