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.

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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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