For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"The Lawyer Personality: How Lawyers Differ from “Regular People”"

by Daicoff, Susan Swaim (2004)

Key Passage

‘The 1994 study explains that the INTJ lawyer type makes sense. Most of what lawyers do involves introverted activity: quiet, concentrated work, reading, writing, researching and analyzing cases, reviewing and drafting legal documents, and thinking through fact situations and strategies. Although extroversion would be useful in trials and meetings, the majority of most lawyers’ days are spent in solitary and concentrated work. When lawyers solve clients’ complex problems, learn new areas of case law with each new client, feel intellectually stimulated by their work, and fit the client’s problem into the big picture, they are engaging in intuitive activities. Logically analyzing cases and arguments, assessing a client’s situation objectively, and rendering impartial, clear-headed advice are all well-suited to thinkers … Finally, because judgers enjoy structures and schedules, this preference works well for lawyers …’ (p.34)


Law, Lawyers, Legal Profession, Ethics, Legal Ethics, Jurisprudence, United States, American Context, Psychology, Stress


Psychological Centrality of Work

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