The Psychology of Conflict: Mediating in a Diverse World

The Psychology of Conflict is a timely new contribution on the unique benefits of applying philosophy and psychology to mediating between people in conflict.

Following his previous book with Dr Freddie Strasser – Mediation: A Psychological Insight into Conflict Resolution – Paul Randolph here examines the application of existential philosophy to the psychology of conflict, particularly as seen in mediation.

Through an outline of the shared human characteristics (‘existential givens’) as depicted by prominent Existentialists, he shows how conflict resolvers from a variety of professions can benefit from a deeper knowledge of human behaviour in conflict.

This practical guide, with a foreword by Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and endorsed by Sir Henry Brooke, Boris Johnson and Sir Alan Ward, will assist those interested in conflict resolution to better understand the psychological processes of parties in conflict and mediation. As Randolph argues, psychology is seen as an increasingly vital tool for resolving conflicts, in politics, peace negotiations, divorce, employment, and in the commercial sector.


“A very readable description of the art of mediation by an acknowledged master in the field.” –  Sir Henry Brooke

“This book is a breath of fresh air. It is a simple and convincing account of those basic human frailties – the need for self-esteem, the need for control – that can cause and exacerbate conflict; and it is a useful manual for all those mediators called on to unravel the knot, not by mere logic, but by an understanding of how people really work.” –  Boris Johnson

“Each chapter of this book reveals some pearl of wisdom synthesized from the author’s wide experience of law and psychotherapy, wisdom which will help you understand how the dispute developed but also, and more importantly,how best to resolve it.” –  Sir Alan Ward, Chair of the Civil Mediation Council

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing