People in conversation

Inviting and harnessing strong emotions in dialogue for deliberation


The Journal of Deliberative Democracy

In this article, published in the Journal of Deliberative Democracy, EP co-Executive Director John Sarrouf and Senior Associate Bob Stains examine the nature and place of strong emotion related to deep identity differences that may be part of deliberative processes and dialogue that can augment deliberation by engaging emotion in useful ways.

It discusses the experience of “resonance,” the value of emotional expression in relationships as well the danger that unbounded expression of emotion can pose. It also covers the ways in which dialogue planning, process, and facilitation can support participants' self-regulation and co-regulation of emotion, enhancing the mutual understanding and connection that are building-blocks of deliberative processes.


John Sarrouf
Robert R. Stains, Jr, MEd