The current effort to introduce alternative methodologies for resolving legal disputes into the mainstream of American corporate and legal systems seems to be meeting resistance. However, much of this resistance is unspoken and therefore difficult to identify Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR as it has come to be known, is one of those subjects that receives almost universal endorsement in theory but substantially less in practice.There are probably many reasons for this dichotomy At least some of them, however, can be traced to psychological and sociological traits that go to the very root of how we function as individuals and in society.