Lawyer Perfectionism Is A Disease We Can Control

Law360 (June 1, 2021, 4:56 PM EDT) -- A disease besets the legal profession. Its symptoms are manifest and destructive: depression, anxiety, emptiness, exhaustion and job dissatisfaction.

It makes lawyers miserable, deters good people from entering our profession, and drives others to leave what could be a productive and fulfilling career. Like many problems endemic to our profession, it can disproportionately affect attorneys belonging to underrepresented groups and thereby make our profession less diverse and inclusive. At its worst, it can end lawyers' lives, through severe mental and physical health impacts and suicide.

The disease? Perfectionism.

Although there is no cure for this disease, there are treatments. Here are...

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