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The human ‘why’ of the legal business

In the rush to embrace new technology, lawyers can forget that what clients are really seeking is a supportive relationship, writes Dr Bob Murray

25 July 2017

Why work in law? Why work at all? Why do any activity for that matter? It’s an age-old question. What motivates our behaviours? Philosophers have wrestled with this for millennia, psychologists for a bit less time but with equal, if not greater, fervour.

If we knew the answer, we might also understand the answers to another series of ‘why?’ questions. Why depression? Why stress? Why terrorism? Why theft? Why child abuse? Why divorce? Why alcoholism? Why drug dependence? Why inequality? And a whole string of other rather depressing ‘whys?’.

I am a clinical psychologist and also a behavioural neurogeneticist so I naturally use those disciplines to ponder those ‘why’ questions. And I think I have the one answer to all of them – and it’s really simple.

The answer is: because we are human...

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