None of these attorneys mentioned that there is an issue in their own profession. But, as my discussion in the first part of this report indicated, there are is a serious public health problem in connection to attorneys and their high rate of suicide.
I noticed these qualities frequently when I worked as a temporary employee when I first arrived in Hartford in the late 1980s. The attorneys I worked with were frequently very stressed out, very impatient and brusque, and unwilling to allow me any time to get oriented when I first arrived in their offices.
In fact, I can recall that it was in an attorney's office that I had my first experience of actually calling my temp agency and asking them to "get me out of here right away!" This attorney firm was criticizing my work even before I had a chance to walk from the front entrance over to the desk they had assigned me to.
This was despite the fact that in those days I was highly skilled as an administrative assistant -- I was the fastest typist in my class, and I was also able to take stenographic dictation. But it wasn't enough--I could tell within the first ten minutes.
If attorneys have to work in such environments, and they aren't able to send out an S.O.S. to their supervisors, I can imagine how difficult it must be for them.
Commentator Stuart Mauney also suggests that the problem is that the legal profession attracts pessimists. As he put it, "Recent studies have shown that in all graduate school programs, in all professional fields except one, optimists outperform pessimists. The one exception: law school."
He further noted, "Pessimism helps lawyers excel by making us skeptical of what our clients, our witnesses, opposing counsel, and judges tell us. It helps us anticipate the worst and thus prepare for it." I will say that people who are pessimistic are actually more realistic, or even more sane than the average, if you want to put it that way. Even so, pessimism is bad for our mental health!
America's homegrown promoter of this kind of harmonious vision is Dale Carnegie of "How to Make Friends and Influence People" fame whose prime tenet was , "Don't Argue!" Of course, if attorneys didn't argue, they couldn't earn a living!
Has anyone watched the House of Commons in England confront the Prime Minister on television? If you can, you should watch it sometime. In these debates, representatives interrupt each other, they contradict each other, confront one another, and above all they challenge the Prime Minister directly and ask for immediate responses to the questions they pose. If representatives don't get the kinds of answers they are looking for, they will call out the Prime Minister and each other on the flaws to their comments and demand better answers.
This kind of direct confrontation and debate is very uncomfortable to most Americans. Then look at attorneys and see that attorneys behave this way all the time! It is their job to be this way!
Unfortunately, however, annoying, irritating, demanding and challenging personalities simply do not play well in your average social situation, and for attorneys who cannot turn themselves off after court is over, this could lead to considerable social isolation.
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Online, I also took a look at another blog which I think would be helpful; see below: