When we were growing up, we never understood why our father was always on the offensive with all of his questioning...of everyone! Everything always felt like an interrogation. This training def could point to why that is. Despite this pattern with my dad, both of my brothers (who are identical twins) went to law school, as did their wives. I sent them this thread, and one of them wrote back:
Lawyers are very stressed, more now than ever. For the most part, lawyers carry large debt most of their lives, are underpaid, and trained to question, distrust, and advocate -- not good for the head nor the heart. I know very few happy attorneys who I graduated with. If you want to be shocked, look up the stats on alcoholism amongst lawyers versus the normal population. So glad that I didn't fall into the traditional lawyer "pie eating contest" and that I'm no longer practicing.
I never thought of that issue of being trained to "question, distrust and advocate" before.
Question for you @Joe_Bankman: **Do you think this is how law school has to be? Is inherent in how it works intense stress? Or are there things that could change for the better that would help young people face this career?
(I am really loving this conversation, btw. Thank you so much for your time!).
Bumping to see if @Joe_Bankman might see this question above ( I know how busy you are!)