Members of the legal academy and their students, legal leaders, and others who train and seek to develop lawyers should take note. Empathy plays a critical role in the health and well-being of law students and lawyers and in the experience of clients. The practice of empathic communication acknowledges and honors emotions and feelings in […]
Legal work often involves high personal drama, high financial stakes, high stress, and high emotional labor. Successful performance in the legal arena requires that lawyers cope with those and many other tasks and demands, including practicing law competently. Recent legal commentary* argues that lawyers must also learn about emotional labor, emotion regulation, and emotional intelligence […]
Statistics, Stigma, and Sanism: A Public Health Warning About the “Perfect Storm” Heading Toward America’s Legal Profession
Is the bar nearly broken? Recently released findings from the most robust research study to date of the behavioral health of nearly thirteen thousand lawyers from nineteen states show some very disturbing facts about the American legal profession. Called for in 1990, and therefore long overdue, this empirical study conducted by the ABA and the […]
Emotion Regulation Ability, Passion and Persistence, Predicting Creativity, and Professional Development
Emotions such as curiosity, frustration, irritation, joy, and excitement drive the creative process. A number of individual difference factors, such as knowledge of domain, quantitative skills, originality, and flexibility, predict creative behavior. Another creativity prediction factor involves personality. Prior research studies have identified a personality disposition called openness to experience as “the personality trait most […]
Incivility comes with a high price tag for organizations. Some researchers estimate that incivility and other similar interactions negatively impact performance, creativity, and retention and because of it, businesses lose about 6 billion dollars per year. Workplaces need civility.
Some researchers, however, have suggested that civility can have negative career implications. Agreeable, nice, and […]
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