Why are we so angry?

Dr Bob Murray considers what drives an increase in anger and how lawyers can respond

28 Jul 2020

I saw these two headlines recently: “The WHO reports that domestic violence has increased by 60% in Europe since the start of covid-19.” (CNN)

“In some parts of the US there are reports of a near-100% increase in child abuse.” (PBS)

I’ve been sitting looking at my computer keyboard with these statistics whirring in my mind. How did it come to this; and why write about this for lawyers? Surely it’s time to write an uplifting piece about the future of law when restrictions are being lifted? But there’s the rub. Every time I begin to tap out the first paragraph of a good news article, I find my writing consumed with anger.

There’s a lot to be angry about – those statist...

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