Contrary to popular belief, psychology is not just simply something that involves the medical field. The skills learned from psychology can be used in many other occupations, including law. Sometimes, lawyers struggle with ways to get their clients to come to terms with the reality of their legal situations. By job shadowing a lawyer, it has been found that lawyers must analyze their client’s body language (which can act as indicators of stress). Once this is taken into account, certain coping strategies (such as emotion-focused coping and problem-focused coping) can be utilized to lower a client’s stress and anxiety. A lawyer needs their client to be calm and collected so that these feelings will not affect their decision making. It is their job to guide their clients towards the best path, even if it may not be the path they want to take. Psychology can also help lawyers get their client to improve their self-efficacy, which in turn, would also improve their resilience. This would overall make the case go much smoother. All of these definitions, methods, coping strategies, body indicators, and the positive results that come with following them, show that psychology can truly be a lawyer’s best friend.
Through observation, it has been found that psychology can be helpful in a lawyer’s everyday tasks. A client’s body language indicators of stress can be used to find the appropriate coping strategies. This can improve a client’s self-efficacy and resilience, stopping stress and anxiety from interfering with their decision making.