Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

Explaining Clinical Depression Briefly

August 15, 2018

Tags: mental illness, psychotropic drugs

Depression is the "depressing" of feelings and reflects: (1) conflict about an issue, the person being torn between choices; or (2)having been unable to reach their parents emotionally when young and later tending to give up on important goals, believing they will fail again; or (3) the sense of having deep problems; or (4) a combination of (more…)

Reflections on the White House Firing or When to Fire Yourself

August 13, 2018

Tags: White House, employment, workplace, job

After experiencing several highly stressful jobs, I came to an important conclusion: That while choosing the right job is important, it's even more important to know when to leave it. My suggestions follow.

Quit your job, if you have the economic freedom to do so, of course:

(1) When the political infighting has become intolerable. (more…)

The Most Difficult Factor in Treating Children in Psychotherapy

June 26, 2018

Tags: children, psychotherapy

Almost paradoxically, what can be most difficult in treating a child is not the child but their parents' resistance to their treatment which derives from misconceptions: that long-term problems can be eliminated quickly; that the therapist will try to control their lives; or simple jealousy, as when the child values their therapist, or a (more…)

How to Survive a Terrible Boss

June 25, 2018

Tags: workplace, terrible boss

I once knew a young woman ("Ellen") who, while attending college, worked as a secretary for a media company. This was back in those days when all executives had an assistant. Her boss was the archetype of a terrible boss, screaming so often that no one could tolerate working with him for long. But (more…)

Legal: Attacking Expert Witness Testimony in Court

June 18, 2018

Tags: legal, court, expert witness, expert testimony

Lacking clinical knowledge, it's not easy for a lawyer to attack expert witness testimony in court. Following is what can happen when a lawyer tries to "wing it." I described the psychological tests that I used to evaluate the defendant, One, the Thematic Apperception Test which was developed at Harvard University in the 1930s, (more…)

Postpartum Depression in Fathers

May 29, 2018

Tags: postpartum depression, pregnancy, mother, father, depression

Postpartum depression is a term which has usually been applied to mothers. And who can wonder at this for, after the birth of her child, the motherís life irrevocably changes. Her first priority must now be the welfare of her child who is wholly dependent upon her for its continued existence.

But a (more…)

Overcoming Disability

May 22, 2018

Tags: Tom Wolfe, Stanley Falkow, disability

Tom Wolfe changed both journalism and literature despite suffering with painful scoliosis and a spinal injury which required a walking stick. Stanley Falkow, a world-famous bacteriologist, suffered with panic attacks which confined him to his home and lab. He overcame them through will-power, by forcing himself to take long-distance flights.

I found it interesting (more…)

Distressed Mothers

May 16, 2018

Tags: child, mother, ill child

Being a parent is never easy but it's particularly difficult when your child is ill.
Not with the commonplace cold or pinkeye which every child gets, but with a chronic
medical condition which requires continual monitoring and intervention.

A Norwegian study revealed the effect which having a child with a
congenital heart defect has (more…)

Is Pepper Spraying a Child Ever Acceptable?

May 9, 2018

Tags: child, police, pepper spray

A news article once described an eight-year-old, second grade Colorado boy who was pepper sprayed by the police after he tore a sharp piece of wood from the wall and then tried to stab teachers with it. The ensuing debate revolved about whether the police had behaved judiciously. Was it ever right to pepper (more…)

The Problem That Children Suffering With Cancer Have With Friendships

May 7, 2018

Tags: children, cancer, friendships

The Problem That Children Suffering With Cancer Have With Friendships

Experiencing cancer is difficult at any age but is particularly difficult for children. So much of how children relate depends on appearance, that a potential friend seems like them, and some medical treatments impact how one looks. Even to the degree that a child (more…)