In recent years, observers of the legal profession have been warning about a crisis. Demanding workloads are causing burnout. The tyranny of billable hours, competition and client expectations all wreak havoc with the lawyer's emotional health and personal life. Skyrocketing salaries cause discord among partners and associates, many of whom leave for in-house counsel jobs or other professions entirely.
Female lawyers are twice as likely as men to feel stress at work. The male-dominated culture, the glass ceiling that impedes advancement, sexual harassment and the impossibility of achieving a good work/life balance all contribute to difficulty coping in the workplace.
Stress poses a real and immediate threat to a lawyer's emotional and physical health. Lawyers should take active steps to reduce their exposure to and level of stress. Self-awareness is the most effective way to avoid stress. Selfless lawyers who put the needs of others first to the point of burnout must access their own feelings and begin to look after themselves. And lawyers must confront internal barriers to success such as low self-confidence, difficulties managing frustration and conflict, or trouble delegating work.
Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are the treatments of choice to increase your self-awareness, improve your emotional intelligence, and deal more effectively with the challenges in your personal and professional life.