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July 10, 2006

Factoid of the Day

Don't go to law school, I guess:

Lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to be depressed than members of other professions, and it’s not just because their jobs are more stressful. For most people, job stress has little effect on happiness unless it is accompanied by a lack of control (lawyers, of course, have clients to listen to) or involves taking something away from somebody else (a common feature of the legal system).

Update: This comes from a New York magazine article collating lots of new data on happiness into a series of digestible recommendations. Worth a read, if only for entertainment value. Knowing that my choices and decision making processes appear to be mood-killers doesn't make me very, er, happy. Reading lists, however, does.

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You think lawyers are depressed--what about those of us who work for them?

Posted by: Tom Hilton | Jul 10, 2006 12:57:59 PM

The article also contained a more, er, illuminating tidbit:

Most people predict that they’d be more unhappy if they sold a stock that went through the roof than if they kept one that tanked. They’re wrong—aggressive actions that go awry are mentally catalogued as valuable learning experiences.

Continued support for the war in Iraq, explained.

Posted by: Daniel A. Munz | Jul 10, 2006 1:49:52 PM

Hmm, guess money really doesn't buy happiness.

Posted by: Steve Mudge | Jul 10, 2006 2:01:28 PM

God, that link is depressing.

Posted by: Christmas | Jul 10, 2006 2:15:19 PM

reasons for unhappiness in the legal industry (which really reflects on what's happening throughout the economy)

a) more an industry these days than a profession. we are subject to the one true God: Billable hours.

b)huge amount of debt- six figure debt ratio becoming the norm

c) not as much money as people think. median income of lawyers is 50k

d) unfriendly work environment

e) begining to feel the benefits squeeze

f) boring work load

g) too many lawyers- 40,000 new lawyers per year, 1,000,000 total or 1 per 300 Americans.

Posted by: akaison | Jul 10, 2006 2:29:49 PM

If someone tells you he’s still pining for his ex, ask the ex out.
Stumbling on Happiness author Dan Gilbert is currently conducting a study designed to show that the best way to predict how much you’ll enjoy a blind date is to ask the last person to go out with your date how much fun he had.

um, does alienating your friends make you happy too? Wait, don't answer that.

Posted by: djw | Jul 10, 2006 6:15:52 PM

Stumbling on Happiness author Dan Gilbert is currently conducting a study designed to show that the best way to predict how much you’ll enjoy a blind date is to ask the last person to go out with your date how much fun he had.

I'm not exactly sure how the fact that some guy is "currently conducting a study" that's pre-"designed to show" X is a good basis on which to believe X.

Posted by: Christopher M | Jul 10, 2006 6:59:54 PM

As a recovering attorney, I was depressed by the huge disconnect between the way that the legal system is intended to operate and the way that it actually works.

I had to leave when I could no longer pretend that the American legal system actually resembled a system of justice.

The system is broken. It isn't a profession, its a fraternity.

Posted by: Brenda Helverson | Jul 10, 2006 10:17:46 PM

An asteroid is sort of like a star in some ways but isn't really one; an android is sort of like a person in some ways but isn't really human; and a factoid is sort of like a fact in some ways but isn't really factual. So this would be more of a factlet.

Posted by: tps12 | Jul 11, 2006 11:45:33 AM

Reminds me of the Onion story about a study linking alcohol and drug use to teenage sex, put out by the department of obvious findings. No foolin' lawyers are depressed!

Posted by: Jack Roy | Jul 11, 2006 8:13:36 PM

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