Author Archives: Elaine Shpungin

About Elaine Shpungin

Elaine Shpungin, Ph.D. is a writer, parent, and practitioner of Restorative Circles (RC) and NonViolent Communication (NVC). Her writing has appeared in PsychologyToday.com, Tikkun Magazine, and edited books on pop culture themes (e.g., The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, House M.D.). You can read her essays on conflict, parenting and love at www.ImproveCommunication.net and www.RestorativeRevolution.com

The Restorative Power of Recalling Who We Really Are

This weekend I attended my first overnight mindfulness meditation retreat and learned about some wonderful ways in which early Buddhist teachings overlap with restorative practices. For instance I learned from our teacher  (Santikaro of Liberation Park, WI) that the original … Continue reading

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The Fight Room

By Elaine Shpungin and Dominic Barter Originally published in Tikkun Magazine on January 10, 2012 In 1854, Dr. John Snow, an early epidemiological pioneer, interrupted a deadly epidemic of cholera by tracing the source of the “poison” in sewage-tainted water … Continue reading

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The Danger of Compromise

Picture a stand-off between multiple parties. Perhaps it is between representatives of two nations sitting across a long polished table as they butt heads over a piece of land, or perhaps it is between red-faced members of an organization fighting … Continue reading

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The Restorative Revolution

Call me crazy – but I think we are ready for a Revolution.  I’m talking about a revolution in the way we approach justice, transgression, punishment, crime, and every day conflict among ordinary people. I am talking about the way … Continue reading

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3 Steps That Transform Sibling Conflict Into Sibling Camaraderie

Click here for German Translation of this post by Sven Hartenstein Click here for Dutch Translation of this post by Émile van Dantzig Click here for Russian Translation of this post by Nashev My two kids, ages 4 and 9, … Continue reading

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