Stephanie West Allen of Idealawg and Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz have teamed up to launch a new exciting blog – Brain on Purpose. It explores the implications of neuroscience for the field of conflict resolution. It’s a must read for anybody who deals with conflicts as part of their professional life. And who doesn’t? The recent post "There's a great future in [neuroplasticity]. Think about it. Will you think about it?" makes you ponder how much control you have in shaping your own brain. Our brains develop new connections with every choice we make. If you let others make those choices for you, you may end up with a brain shaped by your clients, co-workers, relatives, friends, even strangers in a grocery store. It makes me wonder about the challenges the legal profession faces when it comes to the brain neuroplasticity. How do you stay compassionate and empathetic without letting your clients’ problems get to you? Can you use combative trial tactics without harming your own brain and the brains of others who come in contact with you? Do you feel more responsibility now that you know that your actions may affect somebody else’s brain? When does the adversarial turn into adversity?
Want to know what happens to your brain in law school? Read “Law Students: Create A Well-rounded Life” by Stephanie West Allen and Jeffrey M. Schwartz in The Complete Lawyer.