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Do you hate your job as a lawyer? Do you not feel satisfied in the work you do? Unfortunately, it seems that lawyers are particularly prone to asking themselves these probing questions. Lawyers' personality types generally tend to put them especially at risk of depression and burnout, and some won't even recognize the problem until it's too late.
It's a terrible thing to generalize, but there seems to be strong evidence that lawyers as a whole are some of the people least qualified to be lawyers. The job often requires a tough-skin and an ability to let things slide a little. But research by the firm LawyerBrain.com indicates that as much as 90 percent of lawyers score in the bottom half of a psychological trait type characterized by Dr. Richards as "resilience." In a word, many lawyers are sensitive, defensive, and have difficulty bouncing back from adversity.
Fortunately, Dr. Richard's "resilience" can be nurtured and taught. Here are some major highlights.
Improving yourself and learning some resilience is time and effort well invested. Remember, burnout is the enemy. It's too high a price to pay in your legal career.
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