so I was home last night and lady came home and I was tired. I didn’t go to the healing rooms, I went to Starbucks and got a chocolate drink. She comes home, enganges me in a conversation, I grunted, and she went to the bathroom with the door open and then comes out with no bottoms on. really?
Two members of a criminal gang are arrested and imprisoned. Each prisoner is in solitary confinement with no means of speaking to or exchanging messages with the other. The police admit they don’t have enough evidence to convict the pair on the principal charge. They plan to sentence both to a year in prison on a lesser charge. Simultaneously, the police offer each prisoner a Faustian bargain. Here’s how it goes:
- If A and B both confess the crime, each of them serves 2 years in prison
- If A confesses but B denies the crime, A will be set free whereas B will serve 3 years in prison (and vice versa)
- If A and B both deny the crime, both of them will only serve 1 year in prison
Because betraying your partner (by confessing) always rewards more than cooperating with them, all purely rational self-interested prisoners would betray the other, and so the only possible outcome for two purely rational prisoners is for them both to betray each other. The interesting part of this result is that pursuing individual reward logically leads the prisoners to both betray, but they would get a better reward if they both cooperated. In reality, humans display a systematic bias towards cooperative behavior in this and similar games, much more so than predicted by simple models of “rational” self-interested action.
I read three more chapters for class.
p. 121 therapeutic Model: Irving and Benjamin
The TFM model requires providing mediation service in four distinct phases: 1. Assessment (screening by level of readiness)
2. Premediative phase (counseling and therapy)
3. Negotiative phase (in-person joint mediation)
4. Follow-up process (six weeks after mediation) The first two phases of assessment and premediation counseling and the final phase are not typically found in most court-connected mediation programs or even in most private practice settings. The first phase, assessment, is a screening process that sorts the participants into one of three categories:
Level 1: Those for whom mediation is contraindicated
Level 2: Those who are ready to enter the negotiation phase of mediation immediately
Level 3: Those who would likely benefit from premediation counseling or therapeutic intervention, then reassessment for readiness for the negotiation phase
Taylor, Alison. Handbook of Family Dispute Resolution : Mediation Theory and Practice.
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