The good people over at ConstitutionalDaily.com asked me to contribute a piece on the dangers of developing a professional identity too early in life (apparently lawyers decide to become lawyers way before they know what the hell they are getting into). Being the agreeable person I am, I wrote it. Read an excerpt below and hit the link at the end to read the entire piece. And don’t forget to give your blessing to my Facebook page. It has a picture of my face on it.
Identity in all walks of life is important. It connects us to other people in the same group, creating communities and a sense of connection. If you’re an athlete or sports fan, there’s an intense bond with others who share in the team’s successes and failures. When you live in a city, you tend to defend it against outsiders who may bash it, even if they are right. You protect your group and the bond that you experience, simply put, feels fucking great (one unfortunate, potential side effect of strong identity is the development of hate, which you can read about here).
Read the entire article here.