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Why Is It Hard for Lawyers to Deal with Emotional Issues?


Dwight Golann


Suffolk University Law School

Helaine S Golann


Clinical Psychologist

2003

Dispute Resolution Magazine, Vol. 9, p. 26, Winter 2003

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Lawyers who counsel clients or who mediate disputes are often advised to pay close attention to the emotional aspects of the situation, so as to help parties and clients work through feelings that may be preventing them from making good decisions. Attorneys and other professionals, however, often resist dealing with these issues for a variety of reasons, some conscious and some not. This short article, which takes the form of a dialogue between a lawyer and a therapist, explores some common reasons why lawyers, law students, and other professionals shy away from emotional issues. It also gives suggestions on how attorneys can increase their capacity to deal with the emotional issues that arise in their cases.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: professional norms, empathy, directive style, avoidance, client counseling

JEL Classification: K41

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Date posted: December 2, 2008  

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Golann, Dwight and Golann, Helaine S, Why Is It Hard for Lawyers to Deal with Emotional Issues? (2003). Dispute Resolution Magazine, Vol. 9, p. 26, Winter 2003. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1309790

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Dwight Golann (Contact Author)
Suffolk University Law School ( email )
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States
617-573-8183 (Phone)
617-305-3086 (Fax)
Helaine S Golann
Clinical Psychologist
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