TEMPERAMENT AND PERSONALITY ASSESSMENTS: TOOLS FOR MEDIATORS? - Dispute Resolution Journal - Vol. 66, No. 4
Nina Dodge Abrams
Nina Dodge Abrams has been a family law attorney and mediator for three decades. Her law practice includes all dispute resolution processes, including collaborative law. She frequently serves as a mediator for probate, elder law, family law, and employment-related matters, and as a hearing officer for the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board. The Abrams Law firm PLLC is located in Royal Oak, Mich. Ms. Abrams can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Developing an understanding of the temperament and personality traits of mediation participants may help mediators communicate more effectively and encourage the building of trust in the mediator and mediation process itself.
The study of temperament and personality has advanced significantly since 1942 when Isabel Myers used her personality typology to place people in appropriate jobs. Now more is known about temperament and how it relates to character and personality.1 This leads to the question of whether it is possible to predict how people will react to different stimuli with knowledge of their temperament and personality. The answer is maybe and sometimes. The study of temperament and its by-product personality traits is not a certain science. This article advances two hypotheses: