By Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C
Being alone and being lonely are two very different things. One can be very happy and content being alone and spending time with oneself. Being alone can be very relaxing and a time to recharge and decompress. On the other hand, being lonely is feeling very unsettled and having a void and incompleteness. Being lonely can happen when you are by yourself or in a room full of people.
Loneliness is a bigger issue in the legal profession than in other professions. According to The Washington Post, lawyers outranked other professionals on a “loneliness scale” in a survey of more than 1,600 workers. The Harvard Business Review also found that “Holders of professional degrees in law and medicine were the loneliest—25 percent lonelier than people with bachelor’s degrees, and 20 percent lonelier than those with PhDs.”
Solo practitioners may be at a greater risk of loneliness due to the long work hours and social isolation. The Lawyer Assistance Program at the MSBA has assembled the following tips to help solo practitioners combat loneliness:
For assistance, please contact the Lawyer Assistance Program for free, confidential counseling. We have a network of counselors throughout Maryland. Jim Quinn, Lawyer Assistance Director, (443) 703-3041, firstname.lastname@example.org; Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, Associate Director, (443) 703-3042, email@example.com. 24/7 Toll Free 1(888) 388-5459.
Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C has over 20 years experience in her field, and extensive experience working with lawyers and judges in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and trauma.