Why Lawyers Are Unhappy

While pessimists tend to be losers on many fronts, there is one striking exception: pessimists may fare better in law. According to the American research, it stems from three causes: (1) Lawyers are selected for their pessimism (or “prudence”) and this extends to the rest of their lives; (2) their jobs are characterized by high pressure that promotes poor health and poor morale; and (3) the Adversarial court system that pits lawyers against each other, creating negative emotions. MARTIN E. P. SELIGMAN,