May 10, 2019 Mental Health & Wellness

Seeking Self-Compassion

"Compassion" is often at odds with the adjectives typically used to describe lawyers

By Joseph P. Beckman

Adjectives typically associated with lawyers lean toward the active and powerful. A trial lawyer will not likely be disappointed to be described as “tenacious,” “relentless,” or “unyielding.” At a minimum, it is good marketing. Everyone wants a partner in the trenches who brings an attitude that he or she will not abandon the post and will fight to the last bullet.

The adjective “compassionate” is perhaps at odds with this vision. The adjective “self-compassionate” is perhaps even further afield.

As explored previously in this series, however, will living your life in such an unyielding manner be more likely to lead to success or burnout?

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