Law is filled with people who didn’t or couldn’t see that they were beautiful lilies sending themselves off to be planted with the cacti. The good news is, you don’t have to hope, like the lilly does, that someone will come along, uproot you from the desert and plant you in the right place. You are the one who wields the shovel.
The Thinking/Feeling preference in the Myers-Briggs typology is a biggie for happiness and satisfaction at work. If you’re a Feeling type and a lawyer, you’re probably miserable. That’s why knowing whether you’re a Feeler or a Thinker is important to assessing whether to stay in law.
The two middle traits of Myers-Briggs typology (Sensing/Intuitive and Perceiving/Feeling) are the keys to satisfaction at work, whether you’re a lawyer or a carpenter. When your preferences in those two areas are in synch with the type of work you’re doing, you will feel more fulfilled and in harmony. Sounds kind of important to me.
The Myers-Briggs Extravert/Introvert and Judging/Perceiving preferences are all about how you prefer to interact with the world. They boil down to what kind of world you like to live in, and what structure you want it to have. Kind of fundamental questions for everyone, including unhappy lawyers.
Of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types, 6 dominate in law. In fact, those 6 types make up close to 70% of the personality types found in law. Are you the right type for law, or are you better suited for something else?