Why lawyers may need anger management classes

It’s no secret that stress and anger are inexorably linked. After all, if your mind is constantly flooded with cortisol – the hormone that has fueled mankind’s fight-or-flight response since the dawn of time – you’re all the more likely to snap at the slightest irritant. As such, individuals who work in high-stress environments,  such as big name litigation firm, may find that they are more prone to overreact to perceived slights and stalled paperwork.

In a field where your professionalism could affect how often someone sees their children, or whether they face years behind bars, keeping your cool is not optional. A recent feature in Lawyers Weekly, an industry publication in Canada, notes that many professionals are susceptible to depression, drug abuse and anger-fueled outbursts, but either don’t have access to the help they need or refuse to acknowledge they should seek it out.

“Lawyers consider themselves as problem solvers, not as people with problems of their own,” Doron Gold, a caseworker for the government-funded Lawyers’ Assistance Program in Toronto, told the media outlet. “When they have a personal issue, it does not fit in with their self-image. At the same time, lawyers don’t want to reveal any vulnerability. The profession is a big show. It’s a show for your clients, for opposing counsel and for your boss if you are in a firm.”

Whether you work in a prestigious firm or an employee of the state, you are undoubtedly under an incredible amount of stress on a daily basis. Online anger management classes can give you the skills you need to help keep your negative emotions in check, so you can handle the day-to-day frustration of the job without losing sight of what you are fighting for. At Conflict Coaching & Consulting, our specialists have developed content-rich online anger management courses that you can complete in your own time.

Carlos Todd PhD LCMHC

Dr. Carlos Todd PhD LCMHC specializes in anger management, family conflict resolution, marital and premarital conflict resolution. His extensive knowledge in the field of anger management may enable you to use his tested methods to deal with your anger issues.


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