"A cornerstone of the mediation process is the protection of self-determination. If a party cannot self-determine their own future, then little difference exists between mediation and a judge or hearing officer deciding their fate for them. Empowering someone to determine for themselves the outcome of their conflict is part of the design of the mediation process and the skill set of talented mediators." Managing an Imbalance of Power by Rick Voyles, http://www.mediate.com//articles/voylesR3.cfm (accessed October 16, 2009).
Specific items which raise red flags in power imbalance are, among other things, verbal bullying and other means of control, and hoarding of information.