Stress Self Assesment

Are you under constant time constraints and deadlines.
The high stakes involved, including a loss of property, freedom and even life.
The high expectations of expertise.
The constant scrutiny and critical judgment of our work from opposing counsel or the courts.
The legal process in general, which is inherently conflict-driven. An opposing counsel is always determined to prove his opponent wrong.
The threat of malpractice, Murphy’s Law, and CYB (cover your backside) from other lawyers and even your own clients.
A tendency to assume the clients’ burdens.
The demise of professional cordiality and camaraderie.
The contrast between effective advocacy and personal relationships. While lawyers are trained to be aggressive, judgmental, intellectual, emotionally defended or withdrawn, and while that style may have practical value, it may not be popular outside the arena of the legal case.
The professional training that requires you to notice and anticipate the negative and the downside in all situations.
The group norms or culture in the law firm, which carries certain expectations, including high billable hours. On top of work obligations come CLE requirements, bar activities and community service work–all expected from the “good” lawyers.
The depletion of energy that comes from high demands, strong focus and the need to stay on task.
Frequent use of defense mechanisms–such as rigidity, compulsiveness, and perfectionism.

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